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    Rock Climbing Photo: Hole brush
    Cleaning Equipment
    Avoiding botched placements requires a clean bolt hole. When bolting, a selection of brushes is used to prep the rock, clean the hole of dust, and even remove grit and lichen from key holds. Wire, nylon, and bristle all have their place. Wire brushes should be used ver...
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Petzl ROCPEC
    Every bolt placement requires a drilled hole. This can be accomplished with a hand drill or a motorized hammer-drill. Both methods have advantages and limitations. Size, battery life, weight, and speed are all considerations in choosing a drill type. There are even la...
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    Bolt Placement
    The most important aspect of any hammer used for placing bolts is weight. While lighter is generally better in climbing, a hammer of adequate weight is needed to place bolts with success. However, a hammer with too much weight is difficult to transport and harder to con...
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    Bolt Removal
    When rebolting, removing aged bolts while minimizing damage to the rock is tricky. Leverage bars of various kinds may be the key to a successful, low impact removal project. Improvisation is key here. Modified crowbars, pipes, lost arrows, knifeblades, or anything that...
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    Epoxy is a petroleum product (aside from a few new plant derived variations) used as a construction adhesive, pipe sealant, and for many other applications. For climbing purposes, epoxy is a strong glue used to place glue-in bolts and, in some circumstances, to repair the...
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