|Sent on:||Sunday, December 4, 2011 3:17 PM|
Hi folks: (Note: This is not an official AMC activity.) From time to time I've offered a class on the Ethics and How To of Bolting. I may try to offer it again here in December if there is interest and we can find a time that works well for enough folks. It seems to be well received by climbers, canyoneers, and just outdoor explorers who may depend from time to time on bolts."Bolts" are a black box of outdoor recreation. Most folks just know that somehow the "bolts" get there and they clip them, but what's involved in placing them, how to evaluate them and recognize bad bolts, and when to consider replacing them is somewhat of a mystery. And perhaps even more importantly folks often want to understand the ethics of bolting and other rock modifications. This is a particularly sensitive subject as more climbing areas are restricted by either land managers or other climbers to certain types of bolting. For the class I purchase the equipment and you get to take home your own "bolted" hunk of river rock as well as key hardware. These "bolted rocks" seem to be appearing around the Valley in recreationists' homes as door stops or fireplace accent pieces.
Let me know if you have an interest and I'll try to see what I can line up. It is also open to friends and family, although everyone will have to pay the individual fees associated with producing the class and giving the materials as "take homes."If you are interested, reply to me at my personal email address.