|On 7/06/2011 GoUp! wrote:
>Wendy, There is also a whole world of alpine rock routes other than those
>in Europe and the US.
Of course. Some of those will also have bolts on them. I am being rather devil's advocate about it, but bolted retreats aren't new and exciting and different in the wider world.
I managed to gain more then enough skills to handle myself on alpine rock with and without bolts from Arapiles, Moonarie, Buffalo, the Blueys etc etc. It's more about what routes you chose to climb, how you choose to climb them, who you climb them with and what you learn from them. I managed to have epics, retreat in the rain, climb out in the dark, loose gear etc etc just fine.