Bolt Replacement Initiative
One of the main goals of Friends of the Ledges is to replace aging bolts in the eastern White Mountains. We strive for 1:1 bolt replacement, reusing the same holes whenever possible. This is technical and time-consuming work and we rely on a small crew of trained volunteers who have a deep knowledge of the local routes as well as demonstrated experience bolting, rigging, and working at height. If you are interested in volunteering on the FOTL Technical Committee, please send an email with information about your experience in these key areas to the committee chairperson, Sam Bendroth. A two-day training session for volunteers with prerequisite experience will be held annually in the spring. The FOTL Technical Committee follows the protocols developed by the Salt Lake Climbers' Alliance and Petzl Institute for training and confirming crew members.
Photo: Sam enjoying upgraded bolts on Apocalypse (5.11c), Cathedral Ledge. Photo by Anne Skidmore Russell.