I pulled a bolt from a route at Houdenbek recently. No one was hurt.
The bolt in question was the first bolt of ‘Get Some’ (18) – I was leading and saw it was loose so gave it a tug and it just popped out. So yeah I skipped that one 🙂 it’s actually fine with that bolt missing I think.
In general people should exercise caution when climbing on some of the lower wall sections which have sections of very hollow and loose/sandy rock. Anything could break and does! We broke off a number of pieces whilst climbing. It will get better with time but as its a new crag people need to be safe and perhaps climb with a helmet.
After about the 3rd bolt on each route the rock gets much better and more solid.
The above being said, it is a nice crag and good job on the guys who developed it. It just needs a bit more cleaning. And some checking some of the lower bolts. There seem to be a lot of hangers placed sideways for some reason!?
I’m not saying that the area should be avoided for any reason. The places is wonderful, but could prove scary for some inexperienced climbers thinking all the bolts and rock are solid.
Just to restate that I’m in no way dissing the developers/bolters or the crag. The crag is great, with tons of potential. The owners are awesome and I told them about the bolt. They were very concerned but I said its not a problem people just need to be wary as the crag is still quite new.
Someone should look at the Houdenbek right section to make it safer. But apart from that good job on the dudes for finding a new crag. If anyone wants to sell me a nice second hand drill I’ll go do the fixing myself 🙂