Always Check Your Anchors Before Use

Close up of an anchor showing no sign of problems. Photo copyright Bob Mehew.

Concerns have been raised in the Yorkshire Dales that reports are not being made of possibly loose resin anchors placed under the BCA scheme, following the recognition of a number of loose anchors.

Remember, check each anchor before use to be sure that there are no clear signs of wear or damage to the anchor, no looseness or fractures of the rock within 20cm of the anchor, no movement of resin to rock and no apparent movement of the anchor with respect to the rock – less than 1mm in any direction is okay.

If you spot anything odd, then report all details to your local regional caving council via its web site.  The CNCC is planning to undertake a systematic inspection involving more cavers and the web site at will be updated [and more news will appear here and in Descent ] when the plan is developed.

You can report defective anchors to the CNCC using the Report a defective anchor page on their site.

Correspondent: Bob Mehew


Chris Binding extracting an anchor on the top pitch in Rhino Rift, Mendip. Photo copyright Bob Mehew