Update: Bolting and Highlining in Norway
Recently we posted about highlining, bolting, and bolting ethics in Norway, specifically in the Kjerag region. See that post here: Bolting and Highlining in Norway – July 26, 2016
- Bolting is illegal in Norway without express permission from the land owner or land manager.
- No new bolts should be placed in Kjerag while access negotiations are ongoing.
- Future new lines in the Kjerag area may be possible, but would require authorization from the land manager and conservation organization.
- The International Slackline Association is working to preserve the highlines that are already established, especially those west of Kjeragbolten (the boulder lodged between the cliffs) as they are further from the common tourist sites.
Bolting in Norway is illegal without permission of the land owner or land manager. For many years, highlines have been established in the fjords near Stavanger without permission of the land manager. This recently came to attention when highliners were approached by local climbing and hiking officials while rigging a new line.
The local conservation organizations, climbing organizations, and hiking organization have recently held a meeting in which on of the topics was the quality and number of bolts present in the Kjerag area. Some bolts have been placed by climbers, some by search and rescue operations, and some are placed as highline bolts. The decision was made at this meeting to clean up bolts in the area by removing or replacing bolts which do not meet the highest standards of quality (for reasons of safety and longevity) or which are of no further use.
As part of that conversation, representatives from the International Slackline Association have been discussing the matter with the Norwegian organizations. The current conversation suggests that many or most of the highlines currently established in the Kjerag area may be able to remain, but it is an ongoing discussion. Additionally, no new bolts should be placed without express permission from the conservation organizations and the land manager.
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