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Rock Climbing Photo: The obvious crack with the lag bolt.  The bolt has...
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By Valerie Bachinsky
From: West Sand Lake, NY
May 7, 2012
The bolt could possibly be an artifact left over from when Verplank Colvin surveyed the Adirondacks in the 1870's. I believe that Noonmark was a mostly forested summit until Colvin and his crew cleared it in order to facilitate conductting the survey (as is the case with several other Adirondack summits.
By Nolan Huther
From: Clarkson University
Feb 16, 2017
The Colvin bolts are mostly soft iron, copper or brass, I think, not steel lag bolts. It also doesn't look like any of the antiquated hardware still remaining on summits. From the few glances I had of it, it looks mass-produced and not handcrafted, probably late 20th century as you might expect. Not to mention it'd be a really weird place for any surveying equipment! They usually chose the most prominent points possible- sitting right against a 80' cliff is not ideal...
By Jim Lawyer
Administrator
Feb 19, 2017
Definitely not a survey marker. My guess is that it was added to facilitate climbing the crack. It's hard right there, and the bolt makes a perfect foothold.
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The obvious crack with the lag bolt. The bolt has no purpose except to make us scratch our heads.

Submitted By: Mike Caruso on May 1, 2008
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Wiessner Route (5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c )
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