Bad Bolt Warning for Hogsback Area

An accident recently took place at Hogsback where a climber was injured after a bolt failed.

Below is a summary of what happened:

  • The climbers were toproping off one bolt (**As a rule Never trust a single bolt for safety)
  • The climber who was 7 meters high up at the time then sat down on the rope to rest
  • The bolt failed 100% resulting in a fall of approximately 7 meters whereby the climber fell into a tree and then onto the ground
  • The climber fractured two ribs and had to be rescued.  The injured climber was hauled approximately 70 meters up rock faces to safety

Another second (single) bolt was located near a waterfall in Hogsback and the hanger was removed.  Do not use/touch this bolt OR any other bolts that appear to look similar to the ones pictured below.

If you are in the area and find any bolts that appear similar to the ones pictured in this article please send an email to
These bolts are dangerous and must NOT be used under any circumstances until they have been inspected and tested/removed.

The person who placed the bolt was contacted – this person reports that these are the only two bolts that he placed.

Below is a picture of the failed bolt

Note the amount of resin used to anchor the bolt.
The hanger also appears to be homemade and un-rated.

Hogsback failed bolt

The bolt that failed and the homemade hanger. Note the small amount of resin on the bolt.


Hogsback failed bolt

The bolt near the waterfall where the hanger has been removed – do not use this bolt!!


Hogsback failed bolt

The bolt near the waterfall where the hanger has been removed – do not use this bolt!!

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4 Responses to Bad Bolt Warning for Hogsback Area

  1. Kieran Richards May 18, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Hectic!! We abbed off a bolt with the same construction as that at Howick Falls a few weeks ago. Backed the 8 up to a weird bar that looked like an oversized U bolt. Makes me weary of unusual anchors!!

  2. Cormac May 18, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    1) Messy job
    2) Never seen a hanger like that before. Always use hardware from reputable climbing equipment manufacturers.
    3) There are a could be many reasons for failure: Chemical mortar not mixed properly, Chemical mortar expired, hole not cleaned properly, Chemical mortar not exiting hole upon full insertion of threaded bar.
    4) If you are going to use threaded bar (Anchor rod) Only use from reputable brands such as Fischer and Hilti.

  3. Emile May 18, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    Personally I would not worry too much about the hanger itself. I’m no expert but it looks like a good weld on some thick (stainless?) steel.

  4. Derek Marshall May 18, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    The 37 sport routes at Hogsback were bolted by experienced bolters & are equipped with normal anchors. These dodgy anchors are top rope & abseil anchors that don’t affect “proper/normal” climbing on the Hog.

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