You’re climbing up a route, and suddenly you notice the next bolt looks different from the previous ones you clipped into. Is it super rusty? A spinner? Does it look warped or modified? Or does it just seem “off”? Whatever the reason, it’s crucial to identify these variances and be sure the bolt is safe enough to protect you on a whipper. Here are some examples:
There are standards to how we use bolts and fixed anchors, e.g. using quickdraws or a quad to prevent excessive wear on fixed anchors–all of which are intended to maintain the integrity of the material for years to come. However, over time all bolts will need replacement, and it’s our responsibility to report these to the proper channels such as BadBolts.com, who facilitate repairing for climbing anchors and bolts. Additionally, bolts that have been abused (smashed in or completely cut off) should also be reported as well.