Keeping Rock Climbing Routes Safe

How Hilti cordless tools help to install thousands of bolts

It’s 7 a.m. in one of the most impressive landscapes in the western United States. Ian Caldwell is 200 feet above the ground on a classic route that has been climbed by thousands of climbers since the 1960’s.

Ian is one of the route setters. His job is to check each bolt along the climb to make sure they’re secure enough to hold rope and any climber who falls. He looks for rust or wear and tear from the harsh weather up on the rock face. He takes out old and unstable bolts, finds solid new spots on the rock and drills holes to install the new bolts.

Being up a mountain is very much like working on a high-rise construction site. It’s crucial to have the right tool for the job. Light, powerful and with a long lasting battery. That’s why Ian and other certified and experienced route setters use Hilti cordless rotary drills. Ian and the route setters are constantly replacing thousands of bolts throughout the United States and they know they need to get things right. A climber’s life depends on safely installed bolts

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