Fixed Hardware Guidelines

The FHRC operates according to the following guidelines:

1. Proposals: Anyone desiring to (a) establish a new route requiring fixed hardware, i.e., bolts; (b) add or remove bolts from an existing route; (c) replace any fixed pins with a bolt; or (d) add, remove, or relocate bolted belay anchors on any route, must submit either a General Fixed Hardware Application or Programmatic Application to the FHRG. Any like-for-like replacement of a degrading bolt can be done without a permit, but parties must notify the FHRG via email prior to and after installation.  All fixed hardware must meet the criteria laid out in Section 2.

2. Hardware: Bolts and hangers must both be stainless steel. Bolts (not including sleeve assembly) need to be a minimum of 3/8” in diameter and 3.5” in length, however the powers “power bolt” in the 1/2″ x 2.75″ variety is acceptable.  Note that the powers “power bolt” in the 3/8″ variety is NOT acceptable as the inner bolt is less than 3/8″ in diameter. Hangers and anchor chain/rap rings must be camouflaged to reduce the glare/sheen of the hangers. This can be done by spray painting the hangers BEFORE instillation, or by using pre-coated hangers.  Plated steel quicklinks, chain, rap rings, etc. are permitted at top anchors, but the hangers must be stainless steel.

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