Karma at Castle Rock has been re-bolted. The previous bolts were dangerous which most people believed were glue-in machine bolts, however all were bash-in carrots with a small amount of glue around the stem to stop water ingress. 3 of the boltheads were 3mm smaller than the standard carrot which meant the bolt plate could come off when using nearly all modern karabiners.
All bolts were replaced with glue-in ring bolts. The placement of ring bolts at a popular tourist attraction wasn’t done without careful consideration and use of appropriate gear. Low profile, non-shiny, stainless ‘P’ bolts were used with Hilti glue matching the rock colour and all were further camouflaged. 2 x anchor bolts were also placed at the top about 1 – 1.5m back from the edge for a rappel, top belay or top rope (with an extension) which are out of view from the skywalk.
The result is a very inconspicuous route which, when done properly, busts the myth that ring bolts are too high profile for areas frequented by tourists. The work was done by Olly Morell and myself and supported through the CAWA re-bolting fund.