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.
Over a six year period, thousands of bolts have been donated, backed up with bolting workshops for groups of volunteers. The result has been a dramatic improvement in the quality of bolts at many classic (and some not so classic) venues.
Much work still needs to be done, so if you can make a donation or are willing to get involved in rebolting work, click on the links provided to connect with the bolt funds in your area.
Summary of donations
Broken down by area, and by the groups recieving them, here is a list of crags which bolts and/or lower off's have been donated for:
Llanberis Slate: various sectors including Vivian, Twll Mawr, Bus Stop, Looning the Tube.
Coastal Limestone: Great Orme inc. Upper and Lower Pen Trwyn, Little Orme inc. The Diamond. Penmaenbach Quarry, Llandulas.
Fedw Fawr (Anglesey).
Giggleswick South, Malham Cove, Trollers Gill, Gordale Scar, Trow Gill, Kilnsey Crag, Foredale Quarry, Robin Proctors Scar, Low & High Stoney Bank.
Cumbria Bolt Fund www.cumbriaboltfund.co.uk
Hodge Close Quarry, Cathedral Quarry, Chapel Head, Scout Scar, Humphrey Head, St. Bees
The Gap, Witches Point, Lantrisant Quarry, Lanbradach Upper Tier, Taffs Well East, Cwmaman, Rams Tor, Glynfach, Castle Alun, Oxwich South Quarry, Glais Quarry, Crosskeys Quarry.
Dorset Bolt Fund www.dorset-climbing.com/dorset_bolt_fund
Blackers Hole Quarry, the Promenade, Battleship Edge & Block, Blacknor Far South, The Cuttings.
Climb Bristol www.climbbristol.com
Devon and Avon
Torbryan Quarry, Ansteys’s Cove, Brean Down.
Peak Bolt Fund www.thepeakboltfund.blogspot.co.uk
Raven Tor, the Cornice, Chee Dale, the Cornice (WCJ), the Nook and Rubicon.
Gary Gibson www.sportsclimbs.co.uk
Smalldale, Blackdale Halt, Harpur Hill, Masson Lees. Cawdor Quarry.
All BMC bolt donations were checked and approved by the relevant Area Meetings, under the strict provision that they were only to be used to replace existing bolts on sport climbs, on a like for like basis. BMC supplied bolts have NOT been used for retro-bolting traditional routes, or to provide bolt lower off's at traditional crags.