Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Too Many Bolts?

This 20 pitch bolted route in Colorado, sounds like a lot of fun to me.  But it’s getting some criticism because it was bolted and not left natural. Here’s an article that discusses the stylistic differences of bolting vs not bolting. I like this quote from that article:

“In the end, I feel there is a lot of rock out there, and it’s OK that we don’t all share the same vision for it. Thankfully, if we work out our differences like civil human beings, we can all generally enjoy it in the manner that feels most appropriate to us.”

And this comment on a MountainProject forum:

Climbed this route again on Saturday and had a blast with friends from France, one a guide.They called it pleasure climbing, which is something we don't understand here, Big smiles and they said why the big fuss about the bolts when there is a big highway with trucks right there.”

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