When I began climbing back in 2010 I remember the fellow Wits climbers I climbed with saying Bronkies has a grade sealing of 27 and that there is no potential at the crag for anything decent except within the Eagle nesting zone. While the former statement is mostly true, the latter has been proven terribly incorrect.
Like many sport climbers I too aspired to one day bolt some lines and walked the base of crags looking up making the famous statement “something could definitely go here.” The urge to place metal in rock grew until one day in 2012 I took the step. There was a line at Bronkies (the crag with no further potential) that I had looked at many times. I spoke to Darryl Margetts about bolting and how to go about it.
Darryl said he would show me how to bolt and assist on the route if I purchased bolts and hangers. I was given the bolt specification and bought a box of Hilti bolts (which come in a box of 40).
Darryl helped me bolt The Bat (24) and that was it, the bolting bug had bitten and the infection set in. With 30 bolts remaining in my possession I walked the base of Bronkies with a different mindset constantly on the look out for which line of rock to next drill holes in.
About a year later I opened Red Dragon and remember many of Bronkies local climbers saying that they guess they will no longer see me at Bronkies since there was nothing left there for me to climb.
They were wrong, there was still more.