Recently a Climb ZA member reported on the forum that bolts had been installed near the top of Arrow Final on Table Mountain.
Most people probably did not believe it, however pictures of the offending bolts soon appeared. There was much confusion as to who and for what purpose these bolts were placed? The one bolt had also been poorly installed.
56 or so replies later a well known Cape climber and guide owned up to placing the bolts for guiding purposes. Discussion regarding the bolts ensued and they were chopped (removed).
Below is the official response from the Mountain Club of South Africa regarding the bolts.
On 14 October 2011, the MCSA was made aware that new anchors had been installed on the 2nd last stance of Arrow Final on Table Mountain. During the early 1990’s bolting debate and subsequent development of a sport climbing management plan for the peninsula, it was agreed with the South African National parks and the climbing community that Table Mountain is a bolt free zone. It was also agreed for safety reasons that a limited number of abseil anchors were to be installed on Table Mountain.
The new anchors on Arrow Final breach the agreement with SANP and the currently accepted ethics within the climbing community. The MCSA does not condone this kind of action. As the only active representative body of climbers, the MCSA has facilitated removal of these bolts.
The MCSA recognises that preservation of Table Mountain and safety are both of high priority. We are currently processing a bolting policy for Table Mountain which will provide clarity on this subject. If you would particularly like to be involved with drafting it please get hold of me directly. We will make this proposed policy available shortly.
The MCSA would like to caution individuals against activities that could contradict landowner agreements. The actions of one or two people can result in loss of access for everyone as has happened in other areas.
Yours in climbing,
Chairman – MCSA Cape Town Rock Subcom