Is that a bolt in your pocket? Or are you just happy to go climbing?
The nearest crag to my current home is notorious for slippy limestone, known for spitting out seemingly bomber cams at the worst possible times, it’s an extremely picturesque crag, a blustery sea cliff right beside the road. I only started climbing there just this year, but it’s quickly becoming my favorite place to dick around on rock.
A while ago I noticed a lot of white painted markings on the cliffs, boulders and sea front. Fishermen had painted all over the place. These markings are not small little numbers, I'm talking about big half meter sized digits (not sure what that is in freedom units, please someone translate). At the same time I noticed these marks I saw that a bunch of Irish Climbers were swinging handbags on Facebook about one or two supposedly new bolts, It seemed strange to me that people were getting upset over no more than 60 grams of steel and a 10mm hole rather than this large ugly fish graffiti.
I believe as climbers we take great care of our playgrounds, we may place the odd wayward bolt, but for the most part we are pretty ok. We as climbers have big lengthy ethical discussions about the long term condition of our rocks, that is something that we as climbers should be proud of. To be clear this post is not aiming to spark a debate about bolts or where/how to place them, just suggesting that although some people don’t like how we treat our crags in terms of bolts, that we as climbers as a whole are very conscious of how we interact with our crags rocks and boulders and that we are not as bad as a bunch of fishermen with buckets of white paint. (I’m just taking a break from pissing of companies for a while and having a go at fishermen.)
The picture for this post is from @flexibird on instagram, check her page out if want to see, lots of red rocks, off width shenanigans and the occasional creepy crawly.