Know Your Bolt

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#Know Your Bolt!

We climbers put a lot of trust into the manufacturing and installation of the hardware we use as anchors while climbing.

It is your responsibility to know what your clipping into, and understand the signs that could potentially make an anchor less than ideal.

Learn about bolts from the ASCA

Powers 5 Piece Bolts

On the head of these bolts, manufacture marks the length, chart below

Mark diamond square A B C D E F G H I
1" 1-1/2" 2" 2-1/2" 3" 3-1/2" 4" 4-1/2" 5" 5-1/2" 6"

These can be of both Stainless and non-Stainless Steel. When SS is paired with non-stainless hangers, galvanic corrosion occures.

Rawl/Powers 5 piece expansion bolts are very prevalent in the Red River Gorge and anywhere soft sandstone requires a bit mnore surface area.

ClimbTech Wave Glue-in

The Wave bolt has made a significant motion to be one of the most used bolts for rebolting. Its made of 316L Stainless Steel, which gives it very good corrosion resistnace for nearly every weather condtion.

With care, most stud and 5piece mechanical bolts can be removed with minimal damage to the rock, leaving a very good reusable hole for the wave.

Of course these require an appropriate expoxy to be installed correctly.

Stud/Wedge Bolt

These are in varying length, but when installed properly, in solid, hard rock, they can be bomber. Used extensivly in the New River Gorge, the stock thread is usually 3/8", which is the same stock size as most Powers 5 piece bolts used (although they require a 1/2" hole due to the sleeve)

They can also be found in stainless and non-stainless. The same galvanic corrosion can occure when mixing metals.

Buttonhead Danger

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.'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. is not responsible for replacing/maintaining/installing or otherwise fixing bolts. 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. shall not be held responsible for any action or non action taken by individuals using or not using the data on this site.