Wire brushes at Gunks carriage road


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Climb.tooth.radish · Nov 29, 2015 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 0
I like bouldering but I climb routes more often, so I am curious about the use of wire brushes I see on the Trapps carriage road boulders. Is there a consensus about whether or not this is okay? Maybe it doesn't hurt the rock, I don't know. But it seems like an overkill on boulders that are well established and cleaned of lichen already.

Nick Goldsmith · Nov 29, 2015 · Pomfret VT · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 15
maybe to clean chalk? can't imagine any routs in the gunks actually needing cleaning otherwise. you guys are spoiled rotten with the ammount of clean rock you have ;)

ward smith · Nov 29, 2015 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 200
Using wire brushes to clean holds on existing climbs is generally considered bad form. It polishes the rock.

Gunkiemike · Nov 29, 2015 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 1,850
Not likely to damage (polish) the quartz-based Gunks stone. Crazy hard that stuff is.

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