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The chopping of Prow Prowess - TR Friday, 11 January 2013 At 5:59:01 PM Olbert
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So after a loooooooong (read multi-thousand word) discussion on the Wollongong Climbing Group on Facebook there was a general consensus (as much as possible) that this route should be chopped.

The main reason for chopping was because it was above the Dave Walsh walking track on Mt Keira and I believe that the NPWS who manage the area would not appreciate these new bolts. I feel it is better for climbers to be self managing rather than managed.

I had hoped to get in and chop the bolts before anybody from NPWS noticed them but unfortunately I took three months from noticing this route existed to getting off my fat ass and in that time the NPWS have been out doing track work underneath the route.

This is the first time I have actually gone out there and altered the rock in any way – I have never bolted or chopped before. So I got a little advice, tools and epoxy from a friend (thanks G).


This photo was taken standing on the track with my phone – in the flesh the bolts are unmissable.


A big ass hammer – needed to break the bond between the glue and the rock. A few solid hits is all it takes.


A big ass wrench – needed to unscrew the bolts (these ones had proper thread like a normal bolt so they just twisted right out).


The bolts – not a bad days work.


Epoxy – to cover up the holes and make it all look nice again.


My bag of specially found dirt – to make sure it is a truly local solution.


Smearing on the epoxy – here’s to hoping I won’t glue my fingers together.


There are two anchor holes, one completely finished and one that has yet to have the dirt applied – can you see them both?


Bolt hole with damage.


Now with smeared epoxy.


Finished product.


View from the track now – nothing left.

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