Ethics and How To's of Bolting

From: Erik F.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:10 AM

Hi folks:

From time to time I've offered the following class on the Ethics and How To of Bolting. I am looking at offering it again Thursday, November 8th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Tempe. 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 provide the equipment and you get to take home your own "bolted" hunk of river rock. 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 of $30 per person associated with producing the class and giving the materials as "take homes."

 

If you have friends who might be interested, please pass this on to them.  

I will need everyone who is interested to contact me directly to get signed up.

 

thanks,

Erik

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