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Rock Climbing Photo: Drilling bolts on the first ascent of Footprints, ...
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By tenesmus
Mar 11, 2008
how many holes you getting out of that drill and in what kind of rock? Looks very light and I like the idea...
By Joe Auer
From: Moab, Utah
Mar 11, 2008
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.
By Matthew Fienup
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From: Ventura, CA
Mar 11, 2008
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".
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Drilling bolts on the first ascent of Footprints, March 10, 2008. Photo by Matthew Fienup.

Submitted By: Romain Wacziarg on Mar 11, 2008
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Footprints (5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c )
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