One of the most intimidating things about climbing is route setting. I am a novice climber (okay, beginner) but I know that at some point I am going to get to the level of setting a route. Though the topic of finding, rating, and collaborating on the location of a route is a topic for future posts, I have been learning about some of the hardware and wanted to share it with you.
I always thought that the process of drilling the rock and placing a bolt would be the hardest part of setting a bolt but thanks to about two hours of YouTube videos, the ClimbTech Legacy Bolt seems to be the best option. When inserted into a flush and clean hole, it only requires a few turns of a wrench to set up. Even though it is made to last years, it can be removed easily to check for corrosion. It sounds like the trick to it is to remove it before it corrodes and pieces break apart in the hole. They’re available from ClimbTech directly for $15. At that price point and considering how easy they are to remove, I’m going to find some small rocks to practice on. PS. While you’re on their website, check out the BTA012N Beam Trolly. I don’t know why I would ever need one but it looks like something Bruce Wayne would have so I want one.