I see that Chestnut Hill, AKA 9wall, AKA Feather Ledges, has been made public. Fun routes. Thanks for the bolts...those who shall remain nameless. One suggestion/observation: there have been a few TR lines bolted as "mixed" climbs here and nearby crags. This is not a criticism of the bolting but it seems kind of silly to have a mixed route on a 40 foot crag. In some cases you literally have to carry one piece of protection to supplement the bolts. I don't think that this is in keeping with any CT trad tradition. It just seems contrived. I don't think that adding one more bolt to an already primarily bolted route is going to be an eyesore or change its nature. It's nature was changed when the first bolt was added. IMHO it should either be a sport route, a trad route, or a TR. Adding a bolt in a run-out section of a long trad route makes sense but carrying one piece of pro on a 40 foot cliff?? Again...I appreciate the bolts I just think there should be more or none of them.
By MJMobes From: The land of steady habits Dec 18, 2011
The way I see it is there are 4 routes there with bolts on them and only one of them is a mixed line. On that mixed line(route #1 from left) one would have to put a bolt in right next to a sweet horizontal placement that is smack dab in your face and hand after pulling the crux move.
As far as any of the other routes go if one can lead through a 9+/5.10 crux than 20' of 5.3 runout should not be an issue. Half of this cliff is trad, thats the "trad"ition.
Having climbed here multiple times, I agree with Mobes. Sure, carrying one piece up a forty foot cliff may seem strange, but that piece is awesome! Also, the run-outs are so mild it's ridiculous. I might support the addition of another bolt, but the gear is there as well.