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As my friend was climbing the .11a at Mt. Gorgeous, this bolt came flying off the wall while he was being lowered. It was the 5th bolt, so he wouldn't have hit the ground if he fell on it, right? Well, he did skip the first 2 bolts for convenience, and unclipped the 4th after he clipped the 5th. So why is his belayer frowning and he's smiling?

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By Daryl Allan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Mar 5, 2013

Did the bolt come out or did the nut pop off? Glad everyone is ok!

By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Mar 8, 2013

That just goes to prove that bolts should NEVER be implicitly trusted, but at the very least a couple twists by hand should have kept the hanger and nut in place.

By WillF
Mar 29, 2013

Was there last weekend, and the screw is still there...

By WillF
Apr 17, 2014

thanks to whoever fixed this bolt, probably the best climb at mt. gorgeous

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As my friend was climbing the .11a at Mt. Gorgeous, this bolt came flying off the wall while he was being lowered. It was the 5th bolt, so he wouldn't have hit the ground if he fell on it, right? Well, he did skip the first 2 bolts for convenience, and unclipped the 4th after he clipped the 5th. So why is his belayer frowning and he's smiling?

Submitted By: Justin Kenderes on Mar 4, 2013
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Marauding Monkeys (5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c )