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Drilling bolts on the first ascent of Footprints, March 10, 2008. Photo by Matthew Fienup.
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Romain Wacziarg
Mar 11, 2008
Drilling bolts on the first ascent of Footprints, March 10, 2008. Photo by Matthew Fienup.  
how many holes you getting out of that drill and in what kind of rock? Looks very light and I like the idea... Mar 11, 2008
Joe Auer
Moab, UT
Joe Auer   Moab, UT
i used my buddy's makita drill on a new route in hell roaring cyn. it was a little bigger than the dewalt (18 volt?) in that photo. i can't remember what model. i drilled four holes that day and it still had juice left at the rim, but it was navajo sandstone. Mar 11, 2008
Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
The drill shown here is a 14.4v cordless drill--not very powerful. When I am working with Romain, I use an 18v cordless hammer drill. The rock on the Central Coast is so soft that the 18v offers no advantage over Romain's 14.4. I rarely even use the rotary-hammer feature.

Romain and I usually get 4 holes (1/2" wide and 5" deep) from each battery. We each carry 2 batteries. It's worth mentioning that the holes are first drilled with a 3/8" bit and then enlarged to 1/2". Mar 11, 2008

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