Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bolt Replacement in the Land of Aloha

Anna Pfaff and Camilo Lopez, two of NEMO's climbing/mountaineering ambassadors, are spending a bit of time in Hawaii, replacing worn out, rusted anchors. Here's a recent report from Anna.

Aloha from Hawaii!! It’s been quite an adventure here for the anchor replacement /rebolting mission here on the beautiful island of Oahu. I have been working with my climbing partner, Camilo Lopez, to assist Mike Richardson, the owner/founder of Climb Aloha, in the replacement of rusted, worn out bolts to new bomb proof glue in titaniums. We have been focusing mainly on the area of Mokuleia, located on the North Shore. “Moku” as the locals call it, has around 40 routes ranging from 5.8 – 5.13 and is definitely the most developed area around. Mokuleia has more route potential and the bullet proof basalt is of excellent quality. I definitely have my eye on a few new lines, but first we must finish our rebolting project making the area safe for everyone!!

The “Hawaiian Top Rope System” works well for routes with no pro or old rusted bolts!! We have been spreading the word about the new glue ins, letting climbers know they can now start leading without worry!!

Mike and Climb Aloha have been supplying us with all we need to get the job done. The bolts ,glue, drill and everything in between. He has been working on the replacement for a few years and has replaced quite a few of the routes already. Our goal is to help him replace the rest so all the routes will be safe and fun for many years to come!! Stand by for the next report. We are planning to check out a few undeveloped areas and hoping for big potential!!

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