The Ontario climbing community is still trying to come to grips with the route-chopping devastation caused by an individual at Mount Nemo. Reports late last week suggested that a crazed bolt chopper had removed anchors and fixed protection from a number of moderate routes at the cliff in order to keep others from climbing in the area. This past weekend, a number of Ontario climbers went out to survey the damage and were shocked by what they found.

Some routes were completely stripped of all fixed gear while others had anchors and some bolts removed.

“I still can’t believe the selfish actions of this individual,” said Mike Sheenan, a local climber that has been visiting the area for more than 20 years. “These moderate routes were being enjoyed by hundreds of people.”

Andrew McBurney, owner of Boulderz Climbing Centre in Toronto, was also dismayed by the damage. “I had climbed those routes with my wife and young daughter this summer. It’s a shame that others won’t have the same opportunity because of the actions by this person.”

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The Ontario climbing community is exploring options to deal with this isolated route remover. Some are suggesting pursuing legal action.

More details at ontarioclimbing.com

Chopped bolt on a moderate Mount Nemo route.

Chopped bolt on a moderate Mount Nemo route.

Chopped anchors on a moderate Mount Nemo climb.

Chopped anchors on a moderate Mount Nemo climb.


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