Bad bolt = pull harder

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Bad bolt = pull harder

Postby Justin » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:41 pm

Do bad bolts make you climb harder?

Picture the scene:
You're approaching the crux, feeling good, you grab the good hold and clip the bolt above your head in preparation for the crux.
You pull up and come face to face with something that resembles a rusted blob of metal (with a shiny hanger attached).

Do you:
- grab the draw
- down climb
- pull harder and make sure to clip the next bolt!
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Re: Bad bolt = pull harder

Postby brianweaver » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:47 am

Personally, I'd have to say it would depend on two things: am I about to onsight the line (is it within my ability to onsight) and how high about the ground am I? If it's near the ground and the line is supposed to be outside of my comfortable onsight limit; I might climb into the crux and then downclimb once or twice. But if the bolt is high about the ground and the fall is safe I'd just go for it and hope it holds :)
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