NO BOLTS!

Climbing - - BASECAMP - PETE YOUNG, VIA EMAIL

I con­cur with “Si­lence: A Tragedy” [ climb­ing. com/

un­sentsi­lence]— whether the ar­ti­cle is spoof or not, there is no place for bolts when there are good nat­u­ral place­ments. Fur­ther, I agree that Adam On­dra, de­spite his amaz­ing ath­leti­cism and ded­i­ca­tion, is dumb­ing down the rock. Surely peo­ple who want to en­gage in pre- bolted lines, of­ten with pre­set bin­ers, have to be al­lowed to cre­ate these strange ef­forts. How­ever, such hard­ware should not be placed where chock­stones and/ or even pitons al­low for safe pas­sage.

There is in­her­ent in the her­itage of climb­ing an un­spo­ken but per­va­sively rec­og­nized ex­pec­ta­tion of leav­ing the rock as un­scathed as pos­si­ble. This is to main­tain a sem­blance of norms for how to hon­or­ably cre­ate and climb routes, but more­over to pre­serve the aes­thet­ics of the rock.

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