Bad Bolts on Kalymnosby Chris Craggs Oct/2011
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French climber and prolific route equipper Bruna Fara, has reported a worrying incident on Kalymnos. His wife Renee Guerin led a recent route on North Cape - Reise (7a) which was put up by the Remy brothers in April this year. As she was lowering off, the tension on the rope pulled the 5th bolt out of the rock. On further examination the bolt was seen to be broken in half (see below).
The bolt was one of a batch produced by Greek company Rocklands. The batch has been recalled but several hundred of the bolts were placed earlier this year - full list of the routes which may be effected is below. All these routes should be avoided until they have been inspected.
NOTE: all the routes were put up this year and none of the routes in the current guide are implicated.
Here's a list of routes where defective Rockland bolts may have been used. It is likely that most of these routes are safe, but until they have been checked and/or replaced, it is strongly recommended that you do NOT climb the routes below.
More on the ClimbKaymnos web site
Circus 7a+, 17 bolts, 35 m,
Melomakaronas 6c 35 m
SECTOR GREY ZONE (left of Pocket Wall)
Fasolada 6a slab
Ratten 7a, 10 bolts, 20 m
Reize 7a, 14 bolts, 25 m
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