The Fins Project: Route Development and Sustainable Bolting in Idaho

Ever wonder how solid the bolts you’re clipping are? The truth is, it’s never that obvious.

For that reason, the pursuit of rebolting projects throughout the nation’s crags remains one of the most vital initiatives in ensuring safe climbing for generations to come.

In this week’s Friday Flick Pick we get to know route developer Tom Smartt—a leader in sustainable bolting efforts in Idaho’s high-quality sport climbing area, The Fins.

The type of people that are willing to do the work—still a very small minority of the climbing community—want to create something with longevity. They want to create something that people are going to enjoy for a long time, that’s safe.

Jonathan Siegrist

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