Route development


Bolting Program


85% of the routes on Gozo are bolted. In the last 6 years the members of GCA cleaned and bolted old and new areas.

Regularly the GCA organises cleanups and shrub cuttingof the climbing areas and the maintenance of the crags and routes, so that all climbers reach the crags easily and safe.

For the development of new routes it is important to implement a bolting program with certain guidelines.  Climbers have to have these guidelines to ensure that routes are safe and completed to a high standard.  To be allowed to develop new routes is a great incentive for climbers to visit the island, because the person who has developed it names the route.

The development of new routes need ‘316’ stainless steel anchor bolts, which are long lasting and able to resist the high salt content of the rock and climate. These could be manufactured locally as long as the products are tested to European standards.  This would not only create an income for local manufactures but also the possibility to export  the products that are produced.

Official Sports Climbing Bolting Policy

Before bolting any route on Gozo and Comino the GCA must be informed of the
proposed new route and the GCA bolting policy must be adhered to completely.
Any new route bolted must be documented using the offical Sport Climbing Route Documentatin
Form.

Please click here GCA_bolting_policy.pdf for more information.

Official Sports Climbing Route Documentation Form

Before bolting any route on Gozo and Comino the GCA must be informed of the
proposed new route and the GCA Bolting and Fixed Protection Policy for Rock Climbing must be
adhered to completely.

Please download here Route_Documentation_Form.pdf