Bolts for Cuba Climbing

Bolts for Cuba Climbing

From Cuba Climbing

We are raising funds for the the Cuban Climbing Community to purchase bolts, anchors, drills and additional hardware to maintain existing sport routes as well as develop new climbing areas all over Cuba.

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Update #5

9 months ago

For a $100 donations, donors will also receive digital topos of a newly developed climbing area in Cuba. These routes are not in the Cuba Climbing guidebook. The topos are provided only to supporters of Bolts4Cuba. The area of Jibacóa is on the north coast of Cuba between Havana and Varadero. Jibacóa offers sport climbing by the beach, something that oddly enough, Cuba was missing.

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Climbing in Cuba has taken off in the past 20 years and already it has become a premier climbing destination for professional and amateurs alike.  Cuba also boasts beautiful beaches, amazing food, great people and, of course, cigars to enjoy during your rest days.

Unfortunately, the growth of climbing in Cuba has been stifled by the government's position on the sport as it is virtually impossible to get gear locally.  The Cuban climbers are dependent on visiting climbers to bring down donated gear, including hardware like bolts.  

Our goal is to provide the local climbing developers with the hardware they need to keep existing climbing routes safe as well as develop new areas.  Cuba has an almost limitless potential for great climbing and the development to date is only the tip of the iceberg.

Donations will be used to purchase a variety of hardware including at least one drill, backup batteries, bits, glue, bolts and anchors.  Packages will be carried by climbers traveling to Cuba as has been done with previous gear donations.  Gear will be delivered to Yarobys Garcia, the lead Cuban developer, and distributed as deemed appropriate to maintain existing routes prior to developing new areas.  Updates will be posted as gear is purchased and delivered to the Cuban climbing community.

For more info on climbing in Cuba, check out CubaClimbing.com and if you'd like to learn more about living and climbing in Cuba, we also encourage you to watch Renan Ozturk's short film, "The Life of Leo".

This Fundly campaign is being organized by the following climbers:

 -Armando Menocal - Access Fund founder; spearheaded initial climbing development in Cuba in the late 1990's and runs the CubaClimbing.com website

 -Olga Mirkina - based in Boston, climbed in Cuba in 2015 and saw local climbing community needing help to realize full potential of their cliffs

 -Michael Bronson - Coloradan who has made numerous trips to climb in Vinales 

 -Scott Patrick - Climbed in Cuba in 2016 and saw the need for support in getting new hardware

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the fundraising or Cuba at Bolts4Cuba@gmail.com or via the Fundly page.

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Cuba Climbing posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #7

For a $100 donations, donors will also receive digital topos of a newly developed climbing area in Cuba. These routes are not in the Cuba Climbing guidebook. The topos are provided only to supporters of Bolts4Cuba. The area of Jibacóa is on the north coast of Cuba between Havana and Varadero. Jibacóa offers sport climbing by the beach, something that oddly enough, Cuba was missing.

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Cuba Climbing posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #6

Dear Contributors, Friends,
This year is almost over and a new climbing season is about to get kicked-off at the enchanting cliffs of Cuba. It feels good to know this season will be a little safer, a little more optimistic and inspired. It fills us with hope to know that despite all the chaos, political divisions and squabbles happening around us in the world, we were able to rally, reach across the borders and red tape and make a meaningful difference supporting what we love and believe in.
We @BoltsForCuba wanted to once again thank you for your generous donations and provide a report on our progress so far. Keeping in constant contact with climbers on the island, we worked carefully to purchase what was most needed. We were able to acquire and deliver the following equipment so far with more titanium bolts to be sent down soon!

2 Bosch 36V Rotary Hammer (reconditioned)
20 Collinox bolts with glue
37 Eterna titanium bolts
1 Hilti epoxy dispenser
6 Hilti epoxy tubes
6 SDS drill bits
4 cleaning brushes
2 blow out pumps
Pullers and spinner (donated by Access Fund)
Static rope (donated by BlueWater)

Our efforts have been met with great appreciation and regard, and naturally, with ever increasing list of requests :)
We will keep-up this grass-root effort and will keep you informed, as much as we can, on new developments.
Please continue supporting us by spreading the word!
THANK YOU!
Scott, Armando and Olga @ BoltsForCuba

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Cuba Climbing posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #5

The Bosch drill and first party of new bolts has been delivered to Viñales couple weeks ago. Our friends are thrilled with the goods and send a big THANK YOU to all our generous contributors

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Cuba Climbing posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #4

Happy to report cuban climbers have started re-bolting with some titanium glue-ins they had at hand. But they were running short on resin, and here is our first courier Sharon passing the two cartriges of Hilti epoxy along with few mixing tips to Toni in Viñales.

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Cuba Climbing posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #1

Thanks to all our amazing supporters for generous contributions and great momentum! We have made our first purchases - Bosch drill and some Hilti Epoxy. These will be delivered to our friends in Cuba very shortly; we have number of volunteer couriers going over this month. Please let us know if you are planning a trip and willing to take along some donation gear.
Stay tuned for more updates and THANKS!

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