Lightner Approaches ASCASam Lightner most likely owns the rights to first person to start fund raising in the attempt to fix the bolt problem. Sam was the first to approach the ASCA to try and buy hundreds of Titanium bolts for Thailand. Sam also wrote a fantastic guide book in which he is donating 100% of the profits to the re-bolting efforts. Unfortunately Sam's book is in competition with several other Thai made guide books and has never really taken off. Of course there has been other smaller fund raising efforts at the climbing schools (King's Climbing in particular) but it became obvious over the years that fixing this problem was going to take a much larger effort by everybody working together.
The 2009 season was spent on the island of Ko Yao Noi with Mark Miner to develop a few of the numerous unclimbed cliffs. It was a great season that saw the development of several new walls and many new routes on already developed walls. On a long tail boat trip to Phuket to buy the Hilti RE-500 glue the topic of fund raising came up.
A Documentary?I had brought a small video camera along that season and was filming the development of the new climbs. I would edit the footage on my laptop at night and show the short films to my friends and fellow climbers helping with cliff development. Eventually during our fund raising discussion the suggestion of making a documentary film came up. I had always had an itch to try my hand at documentary film making, so I agreed to give it a shot.
Our first idea was to just to put together a film more along the lines of "climbing porn". Climbing porn soon became a "History of Rock Climbing in Thailand" documentary instead, and that too was also rejected. Ultimately the Project evolved into what you see today: The Thaitanium Project's chronicling of the bolt problem and re-bolting in the area.
The Thaitanium Project is non-profit effort taking cues from the previous fund raising attempts. 100% of the profits from the sale of the film go to the re-bolting efforts.
“In short, if you buy a copy of the film you've put in a bolt.
The price of the film reflects the cost of the placement of one new titanium bolt and the removal of the corroded stainless steel bolt(s). Most of the equipment being used is the personal equipment of the re-bolters, such as the hammer drills and angle grinders. That said, there's some equipment that needs to be purchased annually, consumable equipment like: glue, glue tips, glue guns, cutting blades, drill bits, sledge hammers, wrenches, blow tubes and more. The process of re-bolting is very gear-intensive and it all costs money. Hopefully the film will provide the necessary funds to get the job done.
Thank you for supporting the Thaitanium Project.
Josh Lyons, Founder, Thaitanium Project