Ticking Time Bombs

More reminders if you need them that sport climbing is not to be taken lightly:

Exhibit A is the close call experienced by Mike Doyle when the sling on a (fixed) draw broke during a fall.

Exhibit B is this bolt pulled removed from a popular route in the Red River Gorge.

Exhibit C is…well, the list goes on.

Eschewing fixed draws is one thing, but the implicit trust that is placed in fixed hardware like bolts is harder to square and is surely one of the most important issues facing climbers in the next decade.

DPM has a nice article laying out some even more recent fixed hardware issues from around the world along with some ideas on what can be done.

Posted In: Asides, Sport Climbing


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