Runners & Webbing
Bolts and Anchors
We have for the most part quit selling bolting supplies and hardware.
There were many reasons. What we have left we will continue to sell
until supplies are completely depleted. Once this stuff is gone,
it is gone for good. The info and tips are still good for any drilling
TIPS: On low angle rock, scoop the
rock dust out of the hole by wetting the drill and twisting
it in the hole. Do not hang on or weight the drill in any
way, for it will break. Drill all bolt holes longer than
the bolt you intend to place. Always carry spare drills
and wrenches while bolting. Practice placing bolts on a
junk boulder in your own backyard before trying your magic
on the landscape. When using a twist drill always turn the
drill clockwise while pounding on it. If you are drilling
in anything besides the "best" rock, never trust
a single bolt. Use safety goggles while drilling to protect
your eyes from flying shards of rock. Having friends drill
is less fatiguing.
Note: Due to the nature of rock drilling,
drills will break. Therefore, Fish Products does not offer
a warranty on rock drills. To avoid any inconvenience, during
use, always carry at least 2 drills.
Bosch or Hilti Conversion info:
This is a way to convert your existing drill into to a
rock eating monster. I use this set up and get between 25-35 holes
per charge with my Bosch 24 volt drill. Climbing Magazine did an article
on how to do it in issue #182. Although the method is sound, the materials
used were not as good I would recommend. Instead of using speaker
wire, do yourself a favor and use a fairly fat electrical cord. A
50ft length is pretty good and you only loose about 25% of your drilling
power. Using zip ties as they recommend is lame. These will only hurt
your hand and last a short time. Drill into the handle of your drill
and then feed the connection wire through this hole. Secure it with
a knot on the inside of the drill handle, and leave the female plug
on the outside. Much more bomber and clean. For even more info, go
to our Tech Weenie Pages.
Use these 9mm links as a quick and strong attachment to bolt hangers,
our Lower Off Clips, or even your own webbing when making a rap station
or multi-use anchor.$3.25 each
These big industrial clips go nicely with our Quick Links for an easy
top out and lower station on any route. The big radius hook is easy
to clip into and has a keeper bail to keep your rope from escaping.
Now used all over the place as the ultimate top out anchor. You've
probably used them at the Owens River Gorge, The Pit in Flagstaff,
Arizona and maybe even at your favorite sport crag.
Tested to something like 8000 lbs.
MussyHook only, $5.50 each.
as shown with Hanger, Quick Link,
and Lower Off SOLD OUT
|TIPS: The bolting stuff listed above
needs certain things to make them work. For openers, a good
hammer is essential for the actual pounding of the hole. Most
kits will need a wrench to torque the bolts down with. The
size needed is: 5/8" for the Dire Emergency and 5/8"
for the 3/8" Standard Kit (13mm should also work). If
you find yourself having to replace an existing bolt, in the
same hole, with a different size bolt ( like a 1/4" bolt
hole, and putting in a new 5/16" bolt) drill very carefully.
The edge of the old hole should not be damaged in any way.
As you drill, be wary of the drill binding in the hole. If
you are on a wall or in the middle of a 1/4" rivet ladder,
and a bolt/rivet pops outs, a quick replacement can be made
with a 5/16" Machine Bolt. Just (if needed) smoosh the
threads down a bit and slam it into the 1/4" hole. Nice
fit! No Bolt Kit should be used as a badge of courage. Having
some bolts in your pack or haul bag shouldn't replace knowledge,
skill or good judgement.
on a drill while drilling WILL break your drill. Rock drills
are not made to take ANY shear load. Rock chips will fly all
over while drilling. If you like the Pirate look or think
eye patches are fashionab1e, drill without Safety Glasses.
If you place a shitty bolt, fix it now. Clipping that bomb
on your ascent, then leaving it for somebody else is bad form.
If you're on a Trad fling, fix it later, on rap. Just don't
leave it for the other guy. Adding bolts to any established
route, is in general, a major sin. Do not do it without much
leg work to find out the prevailing attitude of your dubious
WARNING: Placing bolts is not a rookie arena. Safe bolt placement is a learned
phenomenon, not haphazard folly. Get certified instruction on
all aspects of bolting before trying out your magic. The fool
you kill may not even be you.