As the winter evenings draw closer this is your opportunity to ensure that the bolts in North Wales continue to be regularly maintained and replaced by donating old or surplus equipment to be sold for donations to the North Wales Bolt Fund.
The following is from a news article by Ray Wood on the Snowdonia Active Website:-
Most climbers have some items of unwanted kit lying around the house. Well, now you have a chance to clear it out with an extra feel good factor into the bargain. If you've any old pairs of rock shoes, carabiners, wires etc. then you can drop them off at the Indy Climbing Wall near Llanfair PG, who will sell them with all the money being donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund.
Any of the kit relating to safety will be scrutinised by UIAGM Mountain Guide and IRATA assessor, Chris Parkin, before being put on sale. Indy Wall manager, Jon Ratcliffe, said: "It's a great way of giving local climbers the chance to help maintain our sport crags. Beginners are always looking for rock shoes. To be honest it doesn't have to be climbing kit necessarily, we sold a fluorescent-lit Mountain Equipment shop sign the other evening."
The North Wales Bolt Fund relies on donations from the climbing community and companies associated with climbing to replace old and very often corroded bolts on sport routes along the North Wales coast as well as in Clwyd and the slate quarries.
The arduous work of re-equipping routes is carried out by volunteers who value the superb climbing available in these areas and recognise the need for safe bolts.
To make a cash donation to the North Wales Bolt Fund go to the North Wales Limestone wiki homepage.
With the rapid approach of winter the indoor bouldering aggregates designed to help climbers through the long evenings will be with us once again. The challenge is to tick-off as many of the numbered problems, across the grades, set over the winter as possible, with prizes for the winners in various categories.
The Beacon Climbing wall aggregate starts on Sunday October 3rd and the Indy's begins soon. As with last year the £2 entry fee (minimum donation) goes towards the bolt fund. For not even the price of a pint, far healthier and for a good cause it's probably the best £2 you could spend this winter. Last year the Beacon raised £690.
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