Hey, it's Joshua Tree season so this month we go back and explore some new characters and topics.
Have you ever wondered what's behind the bolt? If not, then maybe it's time. A trio of smart-asses get to work re-bolting some of JTree's most popular climbs.
Joshua Tree has such a rich history and a diverse cast of characters, one of whom is Kevin Powell. This articles delves a little deeper into one one the smart-asses featured in the re-bolting article "Improv at JTree," featuring historic and incredible photos and first ascents of the man nick-named "Dimes."
Read on, I hope you enjoy!
- Improv at JTree: Three Characters Attack Bad Bolts With Humor, A Device, and Dedication (By Stefani Dawn) - Joshua Tree has been around a long time, and so have many of its bolts. Kevin, John, and "IE," a lean, mean bolt-replacing team, would joke that those things haven't been around as long as they have...
- Kevin Powell: Photos, First Ascents, and Finding Joy (By Stefani Dawn) - He stood on the 5.10 JTree slab, 20 feet up, and drilled the first bolt. This is not your get it over in 15 seconds with a power drill, this is with a hand drill...on lead... slip in these helmet-less days would result in carnage no one wanted to see or experience.
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