Rebolting existing climbing areas to modern safety standards
Replacing old and unsafe bolts is what we call rebolting.
If a climbing area or sector has old or unsafe bolts, climbers will avoid this area and choose to go somewhere else. For a climbing area to be enjoyable the climbers need to feel confident that the quality of the bolts is good and the rock is safe. This is why it is important to replace the bolts of a climbing area before it gets dangerous for climbing.
Bolts of climbing routes become unsafe over time due to corrosion. The speed of this process depends on the quality of the bolts and the environmental factors. Especially in climbing areas close to the sea the corrosion can be very fast. This means that it is very important to check the condition of the bolts regularly and only use bolts that are made for the environment in which they are used.
Climb Creators is specialized in assessing the quality and the safety of the bolts on existing climbing routes and replacing them if necessary.
For some regions there are active voluntary rebolting groups: