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Rock Climbing Photo: Kimmmmyyyy J. and I had to snip the old chain out ...
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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Sep 28, 2007
Nice work Sam! And this picture is classic....
From: Winona
Dec 13, 2007
Sam, You're a frickin' animal! Thanks a ton for all the work you've been doing.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jun 18, 2008
Damn... Those are some bolt cutters. Thanks for all of the hard work.
By Larry
From: SoAZ
Jul 1, 2008
Umm, couldn't you have just started over with a new hanger?

I guess I don't see exactly what's going on here.
By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Jul 1, 2008
Maybe. Maybe. You dont know if it will unscrew... the old bolts are not stainless and usually after 3 or 4 years there is too much corrosion to get the oldies out. SO, we brought the tool rather than risk it. I would be very surprised if those things would unscrew.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Apr 6, 2011
Good job . I guess it was very dangerous for 1000 pound climbers.
By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Oct 2, 2011
hmmmm Hacksaw?!
By M Sprague
From: New England
Nov 13, 2013
"..the old bolts are not stainless and usually after 3 or 4 years there is too much corrosion to get the oldies out.."

Um, wouldn't that have been the place to start with then; new stainless bolts? Hopefully by now that has been done.

Great photo though.
By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Nov 13, 2013
New stainless were put in. Going up there another time with a battery powered angle grinder and trying to cut off the old bolts without leaving obvious scars seemed difficult at best. However, it sounds like you have a lot of experience with this... why don't you be that someone who fixes it.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Nov 13, 2013
Nice. Yup, I have some experience. I have never had to use a grinder personally though. The few we weren't able to break off and set or pull in our area (some 1/2" glue-ins that were placed incorrectly or were not stainless and placed in wet conditions)were taken care of by a guy who has one, thankfully.
By aSteel
Dec 10, 2013
There needs to be an appreciation day for everyone who does service work like this. Thank you to Sam and everyone who lugs around heavy equipment on awesome climbs, taking risk and working harder, just to make those routes safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone else!
By clay meier
Feb 18, 2014
Thank you for the new anchor! Enough said.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Jun 2, 2014
Can't imagine hauling those gloves all the way up there! But seriously, the rest of us can NEVER give enough thanks to all the selfless folks who update anchors. Thank you for helping to keep us safe!!!!
By Nick Weicht
From: Valdez, AK
Dec 6, 2014
Thanks!!!, You guys get two thumbs up form this climber. Keep up the good work.
By D Snyder
From: Virgin, Utah
Dec 11, 2014
What are you doing?!? That shit was truck!
By Bruce Hildenbrand
May 27, 2015
That actually looks like a screw/quick link and not a cold shut which is being cut. Was it possible to unscrew the link rather than cut it?
By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
May 27, 2015
No. It was rusted closed and the bolts were rusted into place. They also may have been melted from lightning. The anchors up here have been hit multiple times. You can see evidence of a strike on one on the south face.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 14, 2015
Nice work, Sam. Many thanks!!
By C. Taylor
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 24, 2016
Focussing on getting the perfect shot, our photographer failed to notice that the bolt being chopped was the very one keeping him from plummeting to his death. This is the last photo he ever took. . . I kid, I kid. Thanks for your hard work!
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Kimmmmyyyy J. and I had to snip the old chain out cus it just wasn't right... 1/2 inch bolts worth 10,000 pounds down to a $1.29 coldshut rated to 900 pds when brand new (years ago). The only way to upgrade the system to at least two rings worth a lot more than that was to remove the old and start over again. Hopefully the new stuff will last a very long time.

Submitted By: Sam Lightner, Jr. on Sep 28, 2007
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