About BadBolts

  • 3,7,10,5,5,5,8,19,5,6,3,143,10 -1330%
    419 BadBolts
  • 6,11,12,58,5,7,18,25,9,7,3,143,10 -1330%
    820 Bolt Reports
  • 3,4,9,281,2,60,86,13,248,486,883,659,440 -50%
    4225 Routes
  • 0,1,0,0,1,1,1,3,1,0,1,2,1 +20%
    58 Developers

BadBolts.com was originally a online database kept for the routes of the Red River Gorge by Team Suck.

Seeing the need for a better solution for tracking bolts, and using crowd sourcing to submit these bolts, BadBolts.com was born.

BadBolts.com is not intended to be a online guidebook, but rather to track bolt reports. With this, our information is submitted by user and updated by developers. Its accuracy should alway be subject to your own judgement.

BadBolts.com got major attention at the Access Funds' Future of Fixed Anchors Conference in November of '12, where we discussed issues, techniques, and hardware with other developers from around the world.

Check out the write-up and videos here

In April of 2016 and again in, The Access Fund again had a conference for the Future of Fixed Anchors, where we in attendance. The the concern for documenting hardware, condition, and replacement grows.


Climbing is dangerous. You take personal responsibility for making the decision to climb on bolts. Get knowledge about the signs of poorly placed, badly worn, and potentially weak bolts and anchors. Know the signs of solid vs weak bolts. It is your responsibility.

BadBolts.com's mission is to increase the awarness and self-reliance of climbers. It is each climbers' own responsibility to make descisions regarding wheather to trust the bolts they use. All bolts and anchors are Abandoned Gear, it should be treated as such.

BadBolts.com is not responsible for replacing/maintaining/installing or otherwise fixing bolts. BadBolts.com is simply a collection of submitted reports, submitted by climbers, for the sole purpose of collecting data about routes and bolts. Developers, Re-Equipers, as well as the general public have access to this information for purposes they feel appropriate. BadBolts.com shall not be held responsible for any action or non action taken by individuals using or not using the data on this site.