Titan Climbing http://www.titanclimbing.com
Martin Roberts, producer of the world’s first certified titanium bolt and long involved with sport climbing development in South Thailand has a great bolt design that features many improvements on previous designs of titanium resin bolts. His design is not weld dependent, has stamped grooves for resin adhesion, an inference fit for installation in vertical placements and is rated to 45kN. Each bolt is individually stamped for traceability.
I use titanium resin bolts in combination with ETAG rated epoxy in any marine area, regardless of the rock type.
Bolt Products http://www.bolt-products.com
Jim Titt, the wizard of bolting technology, has produced a range of bolts that are the strongest on the market. Sustainable bolting at an affordable cost.
Black Diamond http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com
Their haul bags are legendary in durability and provide an excellent means of packing bulky bolting equipment on overseas trips. Camalots, lighting systems, rope bags and rucksacks are key Black Diamond products that support all my new route activities.
Sterling rope http://www.sterling.com
Superior handling and long lasting abrasion resistance make Sterling the world leader in rope technology. I use Sterling’s HTP range of static rope for bolting and their Evolve or Marathon range for climbing.
The GBH 18 V-EC is an excellent lightweight drill that uses brushless motor technology to increase run time from a mere 18 volt Li-Ion supply. The same drilling capacity as a Hilti TE-6A for half the weight.
Their batteries are interchangeable and can be used for their excellent cordless angle grinder too.
New routing involves prolonged periods of time suspended off the ground and comfort cannot be compromised. Petzl’s Avao full body harness provides the much needed comfort whilst gear attachment points being able to support heavy items such as a drill.
I combine the full body harness with a Petzl Podium seat for maximum comfort and organisation of equipment.