On 22nd April I travelled to Bangkok and delivered a presentation on bolting as a guest of the Bolting and Re-bolting in Central Thailand Group.
The seminar covered a range of topics covering risk, bolt types, standards, corrosion and the materials from which certified bolts are manufactured. Key objectives of the seminar were to assist climbers in recognising suspect bolts and the need to be aware of whether bolts have failed before climbing in unfamiliar climbing areas.
This well attended event also provided the opportunity to discuss Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) via a question and answer session.
Several days of bush clearing and bolting have resulted in an easily accessible beginner level climbing area located adjacent to the well established Monkey Buttress on Hong Kong Island.
8 Routes up to 15m high were equipped using Bolt Products A4 glue-in bolts and Hilti RE500 epoxy.
Excellent rock quality, a sub 5 minute approach and appropriately geared routes make this an ideal venue for teaching new comers to the sport. A topo can be downloaded under the Guide Downloads page.
Thanks to Koh Ting Yi for partnering up on the first ascents.
Koh Ting Yi on the first ascent of ‘School Rule one’
Looking forward to meeting climbers and delivering a technical seminar in Bangkok in April as a guest of the Central Thailand Bolting Group.
Some of the topics under discussion will include the different types of bolts in use, safe installation, anchors, corrosion and best practice.
Effective risk management is an integral component of safe outdoor education in which participants can be exposed to risk within a controlled environment. For organisations engaged in outdoor activities such as rock climbing and abseiling, confidence in the integrity of fixed anchors used to facilitate rigging of top ropes and abseils is an absolute requirement.
Training provided to Outward Bound Hong Kong consisted of a 3 hour morning presentation covering ‘rock anchors for climbing’, adhesive type and chemistry, corrosion, standards and sustainable practices. Outdoor training comprised load testing to EN959 of existing pre-placed anchors, tensile extraction and diamond coring of selected historical placements before installing new Titan Climbing titanium resin bonded anchors in conjunction with Hilti RE 500 epoxy.
Extraction of a Fixe double wedge expansion bolt using diamond coring method
Tensile extraction of a loose (suspect) Petzl Collinox