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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Broken bolts, Broken dreams. by Stevie Haston.

 Another broken bolt, another cause for pause. This one is on Malta.


There's a reason, or a dozen reasons why gear fails, but there could be a nasty result, and it's not a humour loss. In the United States of America there's a bolt fund for renewing bolts, but it finds itself undersubscribed. The last fund raiser reached huge amounts of people, and raised $10! Pathetic. Many of the bolts in America are way past there safe age. 
In most of America the situation is urgent, the answer is money and good equipment. The equipment is there, very high quality Sea Water series, or Titanium, will last upwards of 30 years, the Titanium should last longer than the glue! Please donate to bolt funds where ever you are. 
And guys, you cannot expect a few passionate guys and girls to do all the work. Yes it's work. And the work won't get done without help. 

The price of good stainless is slightly under that of Titanium, but is still not cheap. Titanium is the most inert metal we can use, and as work equals money, best quality is best. Bolting is not easy, it's also work, some of the bolting particularly overhanging routes is desperately hard. With work you get what you pay for, with material likewise.