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Topic - Dealing with loose bolts

AlanLittle - on 04 Apr 2014
I've been encountering an alarming number of loose bolts on routes I've been trying lately (not in the UK) and am wondering how much of a problem they are really and how I should deal with them. Is there any real danger if the hanger just rotates a bit?

(I'm assuming the one I encountered last year in the Frankenjura, where the shaft of the bolt was sticking a good inch out of steeply overhanging rock and bent about forty degrees, was definitely unsafe)

I know some people recommend a spanner as a standard part of a sport climbing rack. What size(s) do I need? And I'm concerned that I might damage bolts and make the situation worse by over-tightening - is this really something I need to worry about or not?
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