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Bolt corrosion warning from the UIAA

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18/11/2015

As a sport climber do you assume that all bolts are bomb-proof? Well, maybe it's time to think again. The UIAA have issued a warning through the Safety Commission, which is an important read for anyone who sport climbs or equips bolted routes, especially in warm coastal climates.
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Be safer sport climbing

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28/01/2015

Sport climbing is often assumed to be safer than traditional climbing, but it's by no means risk free. Competent indoor climbers will need to learn some additional skills if they are to safely enjoy the challenge of this new environment.
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Better Bolts Campaign round-up

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25/06/2014

Back in 2007, many British sport climbing venues were suffering from a plague of old, decaying fixed equipment. In response, the BMC decided to assist volunteers and bolt funds, by providing both training and supplies of high quality bolts and lower off's. Read on to discover more.
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Should Stainless Steel bolts become a thing of the past?

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16/06/2014

Sheffield’s Titanium bolt guru, Martin Roberts, thinks Stainless Steel bolts should become a thing of the past; not just in super corrosive tropical environments like Thailand, but also in the UK. Sarah Stirling finds out more.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

BMC updates position on bolting and dry tooling

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01/04/2014

Following discussions at BMC area meetings and National Council over the past two years, formal position statements on drilled equipment and the separate but related issue of dry tooling have been agreed.
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Warning issued over slate bolts

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25/03/2014

Climbers are warned about potential bolt failures in the slate quarries of North Wales. The BMC advise climbers to use caution with any loose expansion bolts used for protection and in particular for lower off's on popular routes. Resin bolts are not affected.
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Avoiding wear on bolted lower-offs

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01/03/2014

It takes time and money to install bolted lower off's at the top of sport climbs. Modern equipment can last for decades - unless it becomes worn out by repeated use. Help keep lower off's in good condition by adopting good practice when using them.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

North Wales lower-off thefts

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17/10/2012

This summer has seen an unfathomable series of gear thefts from sport routes in North Wales. On several occasions over the last three months, unsuspecting climbers have arrived triumphant at the lower off at the top of a climb – only to find it’s not there.
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Trad versus sport climbing: UIAA looks to find a balance

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11/09/2012

As sport climbing gains in popularity there is a feeling, by some people, that places to go Trad, or traditional, climbing are being lost. As a member of the UIAA's Traditional Values Working Group, Doug Scott has coordinated the writing of a paper on the issue.
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Better bolts campaign 2012-13: great news for sport climbers

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21/08/2012

Great news for sport climbers! Once again the BMC is providing free bolts and accessories to bolt funds in England & Wales. Bolt funds are invited to make applications for equipment to replace old bolts and belays to help make our sport climbs safer.
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