by Chris Parkin California Wall In the last two months there has been some staggering progress by local climbers in the quest to replace old dangerous bolts with modern equipment on Welsh Slate. Over 60 routes now have new gear.Over 250 bolts placed so far; 170 bolt runner & belays/lower-offs. Most of the old ones have been stripped. Routes on Colossus Wall, Rainbow, Australia, Dali´s and other areas. See Mark Reeves´ website for a full listing Big thanks to all the workers: Mark Reeves, John Radcliffe, Gareth Hughes, Ioan Doyle, Mark Dickens, Pete Robins, Lee Roberts, James McHaffie, Simon Lake, Malcolm ´Mills´ Davies, Rob Wilson, Jack Geldard plus Gravity Magazine and the local shops and climbing Walls for all the support and help. Donations since September 2006: over £175 through the post from all parts of the UK, and an amazing £694.50 at the local climbing walls and shops – totalling£869.50 Can we break the £1000 by Christmas? – The work will go on if the cash still flows ? all donations will be put to good use. The Slate fund has announced that no donation will go to waste and the limestone will be targeted next!. To date the fund has purchased 500 12mm Stainless Steel Bolts but still need more cash for more hangers and drill bits. Recently the folks down at the Castle Climbing Wall in London have been given a box of books for donators to grab and some books are still to be found in the following North Wales locations: Llanberis: V12 outdoor, Joe Brown, Beacon Climbing Centre Betws-y-Coed: Rock Bottom Bangor: The Great Arete Angelsey: Indifatigable Climbing Wall Alternatively send donations to: NW Slate Llysfaen, Lon Brynteg, Llandegfan, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NU cheques payable to N W Slate (add £1.50pp to your donation of £5 or more to be sent a free guidebook).