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|Tiger Wall - Dribble Bolting?
||Tuesday, 18 August 2009 At 3:29:43 PM
|Ok you lot. Sol and I climbed the dribble on saturday -I led the 50m grade 10 pitch likely my longest pitch on lead. I wasn't terrified but at about 40m I was very relieved that there were going to be bolts at the top as I was rapidly running out of gear. Had i been climbing on my rack -one set of nuts and hexs I would have ran out of gear. i would also have been terrified because of this.
Sol's rack though (no jokes about inverse relationships!! -i wouldn't know!) is bigger than mine... and i did have enough gear - and placed a lot of it. but still at 40m i was glad to know that there were bolts.
But at about 45m the route really eases off -nice little terraces and easy climbing and I felt disappointed to see 2 shiny bolts on the wall at the back and thought that it did indeed spoil my enjoyment of the route. - You could do several cartwheels on that ledge.
i therefore did not clip the bolts. Got one bomber placement - and one other that i didn't really trust. (sol thought it was bomber) I couldn't easily find any others that i could trust. or that i had gear for - had i been climbing on my rack i wouldn't have had the gear to get those two.
And I was looking for another and then i gave up and clipped the bolts. I think that they should stay as climbers of my ability are likely to have run out of gear and then not have the experience to find suitable placements at the top on what gear they have left.
Could we look into camouflage though? as they are flippin ugly!
There's my 2 pennies worth. x
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