/ Anglezarke Bolts Again
I went down there last night, more vigilant than usual after the news from Denham and discovered 4 new bolts on the descent next to the Wedge wall in the same place they have been put in previously:
There has clearly been a lot of activity over the weekend, with much chalk virtually everywhere. Some what of a renaissance you might say, so hopefully someone knows what this is about or has seen something. I was down there very early on Saturday and there were people camped in the quarry. Unfortunately, I didn't get down there again until now as I have been busy with other stuff.
Have these been put on the decent scramble?
difficult to tell
Do you think it's a case of the nice weather is bringing out all the idiots? They must live in their own little world and not care what the local ethics are.
It almost looks like the bolt hangers are home made and they look very poorly placed. Some look like the hangers are well away from the rock.
If someone put them in for climbing on they are braver than me.
Yeah, the bolting itself looks like a practice session for something.
That is almost certainly the case but perhaps we need to be a little more understanding. I used to live in Cowling as a kid beneath the excellent Earl Crag. As a child it never occurred to me that you might climb the rocks up there. It was just somewhere you went for a walk and played. Come university I started climbing and discovered there was a guidebook, ethics and a whole history of climbing up there. Up until then, me and my mates used to just scramble around the boulders. Had we decided to play mining, it would not have occurred to us the impact caused by knocking chunks of rock off for fun.
Perhaps the way forward here would be to erect a sign or notice explaining why bolting is frowned on? After all, if people don't buy or buy and don't read the ethics section in the guidebook, how else are they to learn?
I doubt they are for climbing, in the wrong place (a descent), the hangers are ancient, and they appear to aligned with a purpose. My guess would be either to rig a hand-line for the descent or to set up a slack-line/death-slide.
At the risk of sounding controversial ....
Some of the top out are horrendous especially on the coal measure side. A few lowers wouldn't go amiss.
good effort Mark
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