Read this info from Ed Leeper regarding
The following has
been posted in the Ranger's office at Hueco Tanks State Historical
"Warning to route
Many of the bolts
and hangers in place in the park are old, and subject to metal fatigue
and breakage. A climber recently fell after a hanger failed. The
hardware was not shock-loaded.
Climb and use old hardware
at your own risk."
According to the climber who took the unexpected ride to the next
bolt down, he was climbing on Desperado (5.11), 2nd pitch, 2nd bolt
when he clipped in to rest. The hanger plate broke along a horizontal
axis beneath the head of the 1/4 inch bolt. He fell to the next
bolt where his second caught him on belay.
The park has received
offers from individual climbers to replace worn hardware. Such an
activity would be permitted if it can be underwritten by a club
SNA Manager, Rob Trippet:> "The
way things work here, the Central Texas Climbing Committee (CTCC)
has a board of directors and so on. They are also part of the Friends
of Enchanted Rock but I believe they have their own MOU and charter
with TPWD and we cover all technical climber and rapellers with
a release they sign in the HQ upon arrival. The CTCC board reviews
new climbing route applications and forwards the approved ones on
to me (which I basically trust their judgment), which I then forward
to Riskind. They also rebolt all the routes on a regular rotating
basis, in fact they just recently finished a major redo on most
of the routes. There is also a pretty good pipeline to us from climbers
who find loose bolts or whatever and they usually get fixed pretty
quick. If you like, contact Mike Lewis at email@example.com
and ask him some more detailed questions."
<John Moses ~
So...the answer to your query on e-rock bolt liability is still
know", as it depends on whether the organization covers its
liability insurance. I'm not concerned with the bolts being insured,
the people who put them in.
Former Park Manager
Hueco Tanks SHP