We did it! We are just short of £2,000 raised all of which has been spent on bolts and essential kit. We have equipped well over the 30 routes we set out to establish. We now have a good solid base of volunteers* who have done a superb effort of cleaning and bolting the lines.
We have however now run out of 6mm bolts and we urgently need to buy more. We have plenty of resin, plenty of belays and all the tools we need but need more bolts! We are therefore looking to raise another £500 which should give us enough to equip all the best looking lines and reach around 50 new routes.
* A big thanks go out to: Roy Thomas, Simon Rawlinson, John Bullock, Al Sarhan, Richie Phillips, Joe Squire, and Dai!
Above: the gear ready to get placed!
Gower is rapidly developing as a unique sport climbing area. It is one of the few places it the world where you can climb above immaculate sandy beaches. Over several years, many venues have been developed by local climbers but there is a lot more potential, and you can help us realise it.
This fundraising campaign is focused on developing many new routes around the incredible find that is Shipwreck Cove, Rhossili. We are looking to equip thirty routes below 7a that are otherwise unlikely to ever be bolted. This will make the venue a lot more attractive to the average climber, to groups of mixed abilities, and to beginners. It is a very family-friendly venue - which is a rare thing!
The work will be carried out over the next twelve months (August 2013 - August 2014), when it is complete we will have a party (supported by The Climbing Academy in Bristol) on the beach to celebrate the achievement and give ourselves a pat on the back - everyone who has contributed in any way will be invited.
Routes will be mostly equipped with A4 Stainless Steel glue-in bolts from www.bolt-products.com. Protection bolts will be 6mm Twisted Leg bolts, belays will be 8mm Twisted Leg Large Eye bolts.
Money raised will be used to buy bolts, resin, replacement drill bits. Volunteer equippers will not be paid for their time, but we have budgeted to offer £5 to volunteers for each route they equip to pay for travel costs and parking (it costs £3 to park at Rhossili). A small amount of money will be used to pay for the end of project celebrations - which all contributors are invited to attend.
Funds will be prioritised for the development of routes in the grade range of 4 to 7a.
The focus of the development is area of Shipwreck Cove - and surrounding walls, though if there is excess money raised, it will be used to develop new routes on other Gower crags.
Development will be strictly in accordance with local ethics.
Route information will be freely available to all.
Donate enough money to bolt a route - and you can name it.
* A route varies in its length, and therefore cost, but for these purposes it is estimated at 2 belay bolts (£6.52), 7 protection bolts (£18.56), some resin (£1), resin nozzle (50p), and travel costs (£5). For each £30 you donate - you can name a route!
How to contribute
You can send a donation via Paypal - you don't need a Paypal account to do this. Just click on the 'Donate' button below and on the next page you can choose how much you want to give, and just pay by card.
Alternatively, you can use BACS to transfer money from your account to the fund's own account - this has the big advantage of not incurring any fees so more of your money goes into bolting routes. The account is in my name 'Adrian Berry' and is with the Co-Operative.
IBAN : GB51 CPBK 0893 0082 2900 32
It is important that you either include your name and email as a reference or email me (address below) so we have your email address to let you know how it's going. All donations will be personally acknowledged.
We will update this page with the amount raised, and the work that has resulted from it.
Amount raised so far £1,937
Any questions can be sent to Adrian Berry:
Q: There is already a South Wales Bolt Fund, why not just use that rather than establishing a new fund?
Q: I'd like to get involved with the bolting - can I?
Q: I want to name a route - can the name be anything I like?
Q: Why can't this area just be climbed in trad style?
Q: You have reached the £1,000 target, do you still need more funds?