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Chockstone Forum - General Discussion

General Climbing Discussion

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Should you put climbs up for others? Monday, 23 April 2007 At 10:18:06 PM vwills
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>Other than feeling safe, it doesent change the climbing, the movement
>is still pure (not aid) and the
>enjoyment is still there.

I have to disagree. Overbolting can severely impair the flow of the climb. You could argue you dont have to clip every bolt, but its mere presence is an intrusion.

On the issue of 'feeling safe"- working a crux with a bolt below your feet is not the same as working a crux where the bolt is at your waist. You can be quite safe with a bolt below your feet if the fall is clean, but your perception of safety will be quite different. The headspace, commitment and memorability are altered by the bolt placement.
Its 'nice' to have to commit and climb through a crux rather than slump on a draw with the pathetic sigh "just take"

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