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Fully sick bolt wars at Araps 7-Jun-2016 At 6:42:23 PM ben wiessner
On 24/05/2016 kieranl wrote:
>I didn't see the bolts before they were removed but I can't see how they
>would be more visually intrusive than all the chalk that's caked on this.
>It'd be interested to know if people are actually leading it or not.

Hey Kieran! I agree that the chalk on this route is visually intrusive. But I have to admit that about 98% of that chalk would be mine. I use a mammoth amount of chalk, even though it makes routes look ugly, because I am selfish and I prefer to use heaps of chalk even if other people despise the look of it. Sorry that it looks ugly!

In answer to your question whether I was leading or top roping, I was doing both. But mostly top roping. I prefer to top rope rehearse climbs until they are within an inch of their lives. Simey thinks I'm very brave.

I think it's a great route, really fun. I'm glad that Wendy rediscovered it (because otherwise I probably wouldn't have played on it. And how about that: Wendy discovered a route that isn't sh*t!!). I'm glad Duncan took the bolts out of it (because I think the route doesn't need them, and is better without them). And I'm also glad that I got to see how Doug responded when he wandered up to the route and was told that the bolts had been removed (because he was so understanding and accepting that I wouldn't have been surprised if he had broken out some tibetan prayer flags. Respect!).

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