Welcome to the Central Arizona Bolt Replacement Program

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Mission

To preserve the history of central Arizona climbing by removing old, outdated, and unsafe hardware and replacing it with up-to-date, state of the art climbing hardware, ensuring the future of these climbs for generations to come.

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Upcoming Project

Rebolting The Pond

The Pond has 84 total sport routes and is the closest local sport area to the Phoenix valley. Most of the routes were bolted top down with a handful bolted on lead. There are no traditional (Trad) routes in the Pond.


Most of these routes were developed in the mid 1990’s with plated steel wedge and 5-piece bolts that are not going to hold up to the increased traffic on these routes. Most of the anchors are either chains or cold shunts, while some of the hangers are the old SMC hangers. There are currently no glue-in bolts in this area and everything that we have previously removed in the areas surrounding the Pond have been rusty and worn-out. We have found very loose bolts and anchors within the last 2 years, and therefore, we believe the entire area needs to be replaced as soon as possible and before the increased traffic that will arrive in the near future now that climbing is an Olympic sport.


This project will entail the removal of 170 anchor bolts, which we will replace with new glue-in bolts, quick links, and mussy hooks. We will also remove 550 route bolts and hangers, and replace them with Stainless Steel glue-in wave bolts.

We are expecting this project to begin in Fall 2019 and be completed by Fall 2020. Bolt replacement will be a CABRP controlled project with the opportunity to teach the general public correct bolt placement and bolt extraction for free. Volunteer training will be provided during this entire project as this particular project will be conducted 100% by volunteer workers. This project will be a bolt for bolt replacement project and we expect to maintain an 80% rate for 1 to 1 extraction and replacement. We always use the same bolt hole whenever possible. Some conditions exist where it is not possible to use the same hole. In these cases, we will relocate the new bolt and hole as close as we safely can to the existing bolt and patch/camo the old hole.

How You Can Help

We are seeking volunteers and donations to help with this significant undertaking. 


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Upcoming Events

Coming this Fall

Bolt Placement / Replacement

TBD

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Coming this Fall

Bolt Placement / Replacement

A series of three classes consisting of classroom and on-site bolt placement / replacement techniques and best practices.

TBD

Date TBD

Gym-to-Crag

TBD

REI of Chandler, AZ

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Date TBD

Gym-to-Crag

In association with REI of Chandler, join local climbers and CABRP board members Ryan Myers and Clay Lippincott as they share the basic skills and knowledge that will help in your transition from the climbing gym to the outdoor environments.

TBD

REI of Chandler, AZ

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