Climbing’s rapid growth means that sports climbing anchors can wear off faster. A joint effort of Petzl and climbing groups aim to improve security for all.
Petzl will work with two non-profit organizations climbed this fall to address aging hardware and trails whipped in climbing cranes in Tennessee.
The initiative, called Petzl Rebolt Trip, involves several events in the Chattanooga area for the next 3 months. Working with the Climbers South-East Coalition (SCC) and the Access Fund, Petzl will restore the trails and replace 300 bolts on local routes.
The climbing gear company will also provide training to SCC volunteers, building their ability to keep the cranes for years.
“The first and best line of defense to protect the climbing areas is almost always the local climbers who are familiar with the areas and problems”, the Access Fund said in a statement on the initiative.
As a climb grows in popularity, faster fixed hardware ages, and climbing areas see excessive erosion, human waste and parking problems. The influx of new people has gained a large number of underdeveloped cramps. That has led to security problems and sometimes closures, Petzl said.
“Together, we will be able to raise awareness, generate funding and share the technical experience to support areas that need help the most,” Petzl said. “We believe that this is a great first step towards creating a better future to scale. ”
How to get involved
Petzl offers several ways for climbers to help in the coming months.
Rebolt Chattanooga starts with a couple of fundraisers in September and October. From September 1 to October 31, 10% of all Petzl sales in participating retailers will go directly to the SCC.
However, there is also an event in person. The Carnival Fundraiser takes place on 12 November High Dot Scaling & Fitness in the center of Chattanooga. The attendees will buy tickets to play “climatized games” and introduce riffles. All income goes to the SCC.
One day later, the real job begins.
Petzl employees and SCC anchor maintenance volunteers will have a day of training with the Petzl Technical Institute on 13 November. Then they will spend 5 days working together, replacing aged anchors in Foster Falls and Denny Cove. The initiative will replace about 300 bolts on approximately 30 routes, Petzl said.
At the same time, everyone is invited to help restore paths in Wooden cove with the Access Fund Conservation Team. The work begins at 9 a.m. every day from 14 to 18 November.
Future of the trip Petzl Rebolt
Petzl does not plan to finish his Rebolt Journey with Chattanooga.
In early 2023, the company will accept applications for the next crab to get a Rebolt Trip.
Once done in Tennessee, Petzl also plans to launch a nationwide rebound program. The company will ask climbers from all over North America to designate local volunteers to receive a Petzl REBOLT kit and string system training. After receiving the nominations, six candidates will be selected, the company said.
“We believe this is a first step to create a better future to scale,” Petzl said.