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