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Many bolts in Thailand need immediate replacement. Ever since
Thailand was discovered as tropical sport climbing mecca, it has
exploded in popularity with climbers worldwide as a premier winter
climbing destination. Unfortunately, the mix of ocean air, minerals,
and humidity creates a truly explosive corrosion rate which has
dismayed climbers. Even the best stainless steel glue-in bolts
simply snap off due to corrosion after a few years. Experts have
summarized the situation here.
Bolts regularly break in Thailand
Some popular routes have had
their bolts replaced 4 times in the past decade, and bolts still
break on them! Older routes that have not been replaced are death
traps. Fortunately, there appears to be a simple solution: titanium
bolts. These bolts should not be affected by corrosion, and rebolters
in Thailand have begun using titanium glue-in bolts made by Ushba.
Bolters in other tropical seaside areas around the world, seeing
the unparalleled rate of corrosion in Thailand, have adopted titanium
glue-in bolts as the standard bolt. Despite this, the vast majority
of routes in the world-class climbing destinations in Thailand
still have terrible bolts.
What needs to happen
Now comes the hard part: thousands of decaying steel bolts must
be replaced by new titanium glue-in bolts.
Fortunately, many volunteers have stepped up to this problem by
offering their time and expertise. Now we need to raise the money
to the buy the bolts. Stainless steel bolts are expensive - but
titanium bolts are far more expensive yet. An organized international
effort by climbers to fund the replacement is needed.
How to Contribute
We need YOUR help! This project can only happen with the generous
donation of climbers.
The easiest way to contribute is to click the PayPal button below
and make a donation with your credit card.
If you wish to write a check, mail it to:
ASCA – Thailand Rebolting
PO Box 3691
Boulder, CO 80307
Who replaces the bolts?
The rebolting will be done by locals and experienced rebolters
from around the globe. Most rebolters have years of experience
volunteering their efforts in Thailand
How is the American Safe Climbing Assn involved
The finances and project administration will be led by the American
Safe Climbing Association, a grassroots non-profit with 8 years
experience. The ASCA has replaced over 4000 bolts and has earned
a reputation for sound and effective financial administration.
The ASCA is just here to process the donations and give tax-deductible
status to U.S donors. No American Safe Climbing Association funds
will be used for this Thailand Project unless specifically earmarked
either in writing or by using the "Make a Donation" button above.
What areas will receive new bolts?
In 2005 we hope to replace 300 bolts at the most popular climbs
at Tonsai Beach and Railae beach. We will start with the routes
that receive the most traffic and go from there.
Just email Chris McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports, the exclusive distributor for Ushba Mountain
Works titanium climbing gear, for helping with the bolts. Sam
Lightner for his ongoing support of Thailand rebolting at many