We did it! £16,200 pledged for Horseshoe Heroes

Posted by Peter Burnside on 11/10/2017

A huge thank you to all the Horseshoe Heroes that pledged to the BMC Crowdfunder campaign to help make the quarry a safer place to climb. Over £16,000 was pledged by more than 500 Horseshoe Heroes: it was awesome to see the level of support from everybody!

Horseshoe Quarry  the well-known BMC-owned sport climbing venue in the Peak District  received a makeover this summer as it underwent a rebolting project to make the quarry safer and accessible for all levels of climbers. To help fund the project, we started a Crowdfunder 'Horseshoe Heroes' to try and raise money from the climbing community. 
 
The campaign was massively successful, with 508 supporters pledging a total of £16,205 to smash our £15,000 target. Rewards ranged from Horseshoe Hero t-shirts and bespoke sculptures made out of the old bolts and chains, to adopting your favourite route or going on a masterclass with legend Steve McClure.
 
Thanks for digging deep and helping us improve this ever popular crag for current and future generations of climbers; you're all 100% Horseshoe Heroes!
 
If you would still like to donate to the project you can do so here:
 

Please add a "special instruction" to direct your donation to Horseshoe Heroes, otherwise your donation will be added to the general access fund.

Why did we need to rebolt Horseshoe Quarry?


Some incredibly unsafe bolts that were removed during the project. 

With a high concentration of routes in the low to mid grades, Horseshoe is perennially popular and it’s only during the most torrential of downpours that you won’t see a few climbers’ cars in the car park. It attracts everyone from beginners making their first tentative steps onto an outdoor crag after learning to climb at an indoor wall, to hard yarding veterans going for another lap on one of the Main Wall classics.
 
The vast majority of routes in the quarry rely on bolts for protection and the existing bolts were widely varying in vintage and quality, as well as having some excessively high first clips. The aim of the project was to re-equip all sport routes on BMC land to make the crag as safe and amenable a place to climb as is reasonably possible for all experience levels.
 
High quality stainless steel glue in bolts were used giving great strength and longevity and all lower offs will be standardised with a double bolt lower off featuring a maillon and ring on each bolt to allow straightforward threading of ropes, whilst being easily replaceable if the rings start to wear through in the future.

FIND OUT MORE: About the Horseshoe re-bolting project


One of the unique sculptures made from gear removed during the project.

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WATCH: The bolts we took out of Horseshoe


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1) Anonymous User
30/08/2017
Great effort revolting Horseshoe. Just surprised that you are not adding lower off biners. :-( why only do half the job. Seb Grieve
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Horseshoe Quarry – the notable BMC-claimed wear climbing scene in the Peak District – got a makeover this mid year as it experienced a rebolting venture to make the quarry more secure and open for all levels of climbers. To help subsidize the task, we began a Crowdfunder 'Horseshoe Heroes' to attempt and fund-raise from the climbing group.
5) Anonymous User
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I've climbed at horse shoe Quarry today and its looking great all bar the amount of small fires that have marked the landscape and ground is this legal , or even aloud on the BMC site !!

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