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With the 2003 Clean Anchors campaign, the American Safe Climbing Association will replace 200 webbing anchors with quick-links––steel anchors that are stronger, more durable, and have a lower profile. Clean Anchors will focus in Yosemite, Tuolumne, Red Rocks, Joshua Tree, and other areas across the country.

 
The typical unsightly webbing anchor.   A "clean anchor" with quick-links.

Why replace webbing with steel quick-links?
Leaving webbing on a climb may be appropriate when there are no bolts, or when a rappel must be made from a tree. However, on bolted anchors, webbing is usually undesirable because it is:


Dangerous – Sunlight, weather, and use will weaken webbing. When added slings accumulate, it’s hard to know which pieces are strong.

Unsightly – Brightly-colored webbing on a cliff is an eyesore to land managers, tourists, and hikers. The more we reduce visual climbing impacts, the less likely climbing access will be restricted.

Inconvenient – ropes generally do not pull smoothly through slings.


How to join Clean Anchors

As in all ASCA programs, contributions from individual donors are essential. In 2003, ASCA replaced over 40 webbing anchors with quick-links. To finish the remaining 160 anchors, we need your contribution. Donating is as easy as clicking on the “Make a Donation” button below. Follow Clean Anchors’ progress by checking in with us below. If you are interested in cleaning up the anchors at your local crag, or if you come across webbing anchors that need replacement, please notify ASCA by email at greg@safeclimbing.org.

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Routes Replaced

Boulder Canyon, CO
Mosquito Burrito (pitch 1 anchor)

Buttermilks, CA
Dr. Strangelove
Miles From Nowhere
Scoot

The Catslab, Clear Creek Canyon, CO
Gumby Cat (added quick links and chain)
Jellicle Cats (added quick links and chain)
MacCavity (added quick links and chain)
Mistoffeles (added quick links and chain)
Mungajerry (added quick links and chain)
Old Deuteronomy (added quick links and chain)
Rumple Teaser (added quick links and chain)

Dome Rock, Southern Sierra, CA
Last Dihedral (pitch 1 anchor)
Red Mushrooms (pitch 2 anchor)
Skid Row (both anchors)
Just Lovely (pitch 1, pitch 3 anchors)
Just Barely (anchors pitches 1-3)
Chemotherapy (pitch 2 anchor)

Dream Canyon, CO
Grand Finale (replaced smash links with quick links)
Mary Lynn Slabs (added chain links to quick links)
Mes Amis (added quick links)

Great Falls Basin, CA
Cool Hand Luke
Trojan Protection/The Impregnable

Happy Hour Crag, CO
Grins (replaced smash links with quick links)
Last Laugh (replaced smash links with quick links)
Project (replaced smash links with quick links)
Thrill of the Chase (added quick links to chains)

Lily Lake/Jurassic Park, CO
Coloradoddity (replaced smash links with quick links)
Middel Toe/Index Toe (replaced smash links with quick links)

Lover's Leap, Tahoe, CA
Unknown (right of Psychedelic Tree)
God of Thunder

Monastery, CO
Gravestones (added quick links to cold shuts)
The Hot Zone (added quick links to cold shuts)
Inner Peace (added chain to quick link)
Monastic Groove (added quick link and chain to one anchor)
Pandora's Pebble Pinching Palace (replaced smash links with quick links)
Simplexity (added quick links to cold shuts)
Southern Hospitality (added quick links to anchor)
The Steeple (added quick links to cold shuts)

North Table Mountain CO
Between the Lines (replaced smash links with quick links)
Honey I Shrunk the Hemmhoroids (replaced smash links with quick links)
Lemon, Limes, and Tangerines (replaced smash links with quick links)

Owens River Gorge, CA
Me So Horny
Skin Tight

Phantom Spires, Tahoe, CA
Penny Candy
Candyland
Jack Corner
Lean And Mean
Easy Route left Candyland

Pie Shop, Tahoe
Hands Masseuse

Pine Creek, Pratt's Crack area
Wind in the Willows/Eclipsed 2 anchors replaced, the upper one shared with Eclipsed.

The Riviera, CO
Abandonment (replaced cold shuts with hangers added quick links)
Birthday Suit (replaced cold shuts with hangers added quick links)
Bosch Blanket Bingo (replaced smash links with quick links)
Lease Agreement (replaced cold shuts with hangers added quick links)
Le Nouvea Riche
Sea Breeze (replaced smash links with quick links)

Tuolumne
Arch Rival
Boat Party
Dinosaur (2 anchor)
Helter Skelter
Hip Boots
Lamb Chops
Paiste Formula
Pajama People
Pussey Paws
Scorpion (3 anchors)
Slipstream
Super Chicken (2 anchors)
Unknown route on East Cottage Dome
Vapor Lock
You Asked Foor It (3 anchors)
Zee Tree
Zulu Lulu

Yosemite
After 7
Bikini Beach Party
The Bluffer
Commitment
CS Concerto
The Cow, Left
Crack and Face
Draw The Line
Eat at Degnans
Gidget Goes to Yosemite
Gollum, Left
Hardly Pinnacle
Little john, Right (first anchor)
Lurking Fear
Munginella
New Dimensions
The Nose (7 anchors)
Peruvian Flakes
Pine Line
Reeds Direct
River Boulder
Rostrum (rappels on approach)
Royal Arches Rappels
Short But Thin
Skull Queen (9 anchors)
Super Slide
Tangerine Trip (7 anchors)
Trivial Pursuit
Walk on By
Washington’s Column, South Face (11 anchors and rap route)
Your Pizza's Ready
Zodiac (5 anchors)

Webbing replacers for the Clean Anchors campaign
Jerry Anderson
Greg Barnes
Tom Costa
Lincoln Else
Bruce Hilderbrand
Jack Hoeflich
Bryan Law
Chris McNamara
Bernie Rivadeneyra
Erik Sloan
Todd Snyder
Ed Whittle
Karin Wuhrman

email Greg Barnes if you want to replace webbing with quick-links