Bolt Debate at the Lakes Area Meeting Video

© Mick Ryan -
The BMC held a Lakes Area Meeting at the Golden Rule, Ambleside on Wednesday, October 3rd. Thought the bolt debate was over? Think again. Passions still run high as this 10 minute clip demonstrates. Discussions like this used to be common place in the late 80's and 90's.

This debate was actually started the night before the meeting at the forums (see thread here) when Jake Hughes asked,

"Several members of the FRCC, and apparently the BMC, are seriously considering retro bolting many of the routes in the historic Hodge Close Quarry, Coniston.

I urge all those against this mindless and selfish act to make your protestations known at The Golden Rule pub in Ambleside this Wednesday evening 03/10/07 at around 7.00pm.

A meeting has apparently been arranged by the leading protagonists to explain themselves and to let others have their say.

See you there.

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5 Oct, 2007
I'm getting blocked from the UKC server when I try to access the vid - seems to want a password different to my UKC registered one?
5 Oct, 2007
5 Oct, 2007
Thank you kind sir. Someone in that clip says 'elitist' - must be the word of the week! And nice to see someone telling Dave Turnbull to 'get his shit together'!
5 Oct, 2007
Great video. A room full of passionate climbers and one woman. She thought the guy was sad becuase a route he was passionate about had been ruined by retro bolts. WTF? The Ent ™
5 Oct, 2007
No she thought he was sad because he thought his achievment would be diminished if it was retro bolted. Which personally, I think is a bit sad. One good point which didn't really get answered, was that should the F.A. have the right to retro bolt the route. I think they should personally.
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