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Climbing Bolt Types   

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Climbing Bolts come in 7 major types. See details about each:


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    Rawl split drive bolt
    Compression Bolts
    Best Use: Remote or alpine environments; temporary placement during first-ascents Rock Type: Hard rock Pros: Easily removed; light, cheap, and easy to replace Cons: Weak; unreliable The bolts originally used in large numbers were compression bolts known as button-heads. ...
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    ClimbTech wave glue in bolt
    Glue-in Bolts
    Best Use: General route setting and rebolting Rock Type: All rock Pros: Reliable in soft rock compared to other bolt types; long-lasting Cons: Expensive; difficult to set and remove Glue-in bolts have gained recognition as the most durable bolts used in rock climbing tod...
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     Petzl Cheville Autoforeuse
    Drop-in Bolts
    Best Use: Caving and self-rescue Rock Type: Not recommended for climbing purposes Pros: Removable Cons: Inefficient; sleeve can easily crack when inserting the machine bolt A drop-in bolt is a variation on the sleeve bolt that has largely become obsolete in rock climbin...
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    ClimbTech Legacy bolt has the added benefit of being easily removable for inspection or replacement.
    Sleeve Bolts
    ClimbTech Legacy bolt has the added benefit of being easily removable for inspection or replacement. Best Use: Top-down route setting or rebolting in a variety of rock densities Rock Type: Soft, medium, hard, or variable density rock Pros: Dependable...
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    Rawl five piece bolt
    Five-piece Bolts
    The five-piece, such as the Power-bolt (also known as the rawl bolt) and the Hilti HSL, is easy to spot on the rock by its flat hex-head with no visible threads. Originally developed as a construction bolt, they are available in many different sizes and materials. Powers ...
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    Drilled angle
    Drilled Angles
    Best Use: Desert sandstone; bolting on lead Rock Type: Desert sandstone Pros: Can place on lead Cons: Loosen as they age; weak in straight out pulls Drilled angles are common bolts in the desert southwest. Generally a 1/2 (i.e. BD #1 or baby angle) is hammered into a 3...
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    Fixe wedge bolt
    Wedge Bolts
    Best Use: Bottom up or top down route setting or rebolting Rock Type: Hard rock and sometimes medium rock if an appropriate bolt Pros: Can place with one hand; bolt will tighten itself when loaded Cons: Unsafe in soft and variable density rock; difficult or impossible to ...
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