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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
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
6 days ago
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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