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New, strong bolts are the ammunition in the war for outdoor climbing safety, and the American Safe Climbing Association is responsible for restocking the arsenal.

That’s why, for the fifth year, Planet Granite will match donations to the 501(c)3 non-profit throughout the month of October, up to a total of $20,000.

“Bolt replacement is getting more and more important, mainly because a lot of routes were put up in the ’70s and ’80s, and they were put up with bolts that only last 20 to 50 years,” explains Chris McNamara, an ASCA founder. “It’s definitely time to get out there and replace a lot of these bolts, before they end up breaking on people.”

It’s no easy feat replacing bolts on the routes climbers love in Yosemite, Owens River Gorge, and Joshua Tree. Rebolting is an intricate construction job hundreds of feet up, with no power, no portapotty, and no pay.

Only for the love of climbing would someone volunteer for that kind of task.

Fortunately, there’s a much, much easier way to help protect all climbers by placing new bolts—throw down a little cash. Here are some numbers show why the ASCA rocks:

  • 95%: ASCA funds spent directly on bolting materials
  • 14,000+: Bolts replaced by ASCA volunteers to date
  • 1/2: Planet Granite’s push raises about half the ASCA’s annual budget

So do your part!  Support the ASCA this October

Here are three ways to donate and have your dollar doubled:


Online at – Donate directly to the ASCA. All donations will be matched by Planet Granite!


Purchase sick ‘previously-loved’ gear on an online gear site! Outdoor Gear Lab has generously donated a ton of awesome gear for an auction that will go live October 1!


Sign up for Battle for Bolts, a 24-hour climbing fundraiser at PG Belmont! All proceeds from this event will go directly to the ASCA and be matched by Planet Granite! Read more about the event here.

More on the ASCA

The American Safe Climbing Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides gear to replace old anchors, hangers and bolts on climbs found at popular places such as Yosemite National Park. Since Chris McNamara (SuperTopo) founded the ASCA in 1998, they estimate over 14,000 bolts have been replaced across the country and in Mexico and Thailand, all by volunteers and funded by donations such as ours.

Earlier this year, the ASCA ran out of money to buy bolts. Help us raise over $40,000 for the ASCA this year so they can continue to keep our crags safer.

Planet Granite has helped raise over $167,000 for the ASCA since 2009.