Tuesday 6 May 2014

Re-equipping work at Albercones

New Chain - El Virgo de Vicentela 6b+
Old Chain - El Virgo de Vicentela 6b+
Close up of the lower-off carabiner
Close up of the hanger on the chain

One of the old hangers from the route
The remains of the snapped bolt on the crux (now replaced)
The poorly installed replacement for the snapped bolt before the crux (now replaced)

The old chain from Putiferio 5+ (now replaced)

Close-up of the worn out maillon

Another angle

The old anchor from Chica Pelirroja 6a
How the chain was attached to the wall

Worn out maillon

Monday 11 November 2013

Filming begins!

Professional film makers Lech and Inci Wojas have recently started work on a film documenting El Chorro, it's people and the Bolt Fund. It is all in the early stages, but filming has started and a teaser trailer is on the way.

If anyone would like to contribute to the film in the form of an interview, climbing or bolting please contact me - elchorroboltfund@gmail.com

We also need a lot help with making the film in the form of extra pairs of shoulders to carry loads. If you want to help with that it would be much appreciated too.

Watch this space for more info!

Thursday 19 September 2013

We join UKBoltFund.org!


Rockfax and UKC showed their continued support for the bolt fund yesterday by taking on the hosting of our website. This has brought us excellent exposure and helped to make our site stable and fast.

They have also helped us to join UKBoltfund.org an excellent site supplying information, news, and a much appreciated source of donations.

Thanks to everyone involved in getting this together!

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Rockfax Supporting Bolt Fund!

This year, RockFax started a huge campaign to support to bolt funds across the UK.

They posted a story about the scheme on their website and have now happily agreed to support the El Chorro Bolt Fund too. This is the first time we know of that a UK guidebook company has pledged financial help to a bolt fund in Spain, possibly even the world!

We are very grateful for the help, and look forward to making it count with some much needed repairs on classic routes, and quality new lines as we find them.

Big thanks to Rockfax!

Thursday 22 August 2013

Anchors replaced on Redders and Sarah, Las Encantadas

Roy making the first incision

Anyone who climbed these two classic routes in the last couple of years will be forgiven for worrying a little when lowering off. The rusty snapgate on offer was well worn through and did not inspire much faith.

This is not really acceptable for routes of this calibre that receive so much traffic, so Tom and Roy from the El Chorro Bolt Fund Team went and replaced them with nice shiny new chains! Both the routes are fantastic and well worth climbing, and now you can feel safe lowering off them and setting top ropes.

Doesn't look great!

Close up of the wear on Sarah's snapgate anchor

The old chain ready to be removed

The finished anchor on Sarah

Roy carefully selecting spots for holes on Redders

Roy showing off his rusty trophy!

Sunday 18 August 2013

call for images and stories!

If you have pictures of bolts and anchors in El Chorro, or any stories relating to the bolt fund, please contact us so we can include them in the site.

El Chorro Bolt Fund Website soon to be launched....

The El Chorro Bolt Fund website will soon be launched, just in time for a new season of climbing and bolting in the area. Watch this space for more news, pictures, videos and topos.