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Someone Should (Pay To) Fix This Bolt: The Actual Cost of Re-Bolting

degraded climbing bolt

“The bolts on this route are all rusty and totally sketchy. Someone needs to replace them before someone gets hurt.”

The sentiment is becoming more common. As classic routes age and our “little” community grows into a new era of heavy use, hardware can become rusty and suspect. Often these routes weren’t developed with hordes of climbers in mind. I know I’m not the only one who has fought through a crux, arms bursting with a fiery pump, only to arrive at an anchor so grody and old that it made my stomach turn to weight it and lower.

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