Guide Beta: Pins & Bolts

Illustrations by Tom Hargis

With 43 years guiding in the world’s great ranges, Exum Senior Guide and IFMGA/AMGA-certified legend Tom Hargis is also the only American to summit Gasherbrum IV. The 2004 recipient of the AMGA Lifetime Achievement in Guiding Award, Hargis here presents his expertise about fixed protection–how it works and how to evaluate in situ pieces, from the good to the bad to the ugly. We published his piece, Bolts & Pins, in the inaugural issue of the GUIDE Bulletin, which you will soon be able to view on the AMGA.com website. With this series of hand-drawn pages, we elaborate on the subject of bolts, including a discussion of Star Drives, Buttonheads, Stainless Steel Wedge Anchors, Stainless Steel Five Piece 1/2 Inch Rawls, and much more.

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