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Jason Haas

Over a decade ago, I was in a nasty cycling accident while racing road bikes in Michigan. During my recovery, my teammate took me climbing and I instantly gave up riding and got a harness. After only one day toproping, I bought a plane ticket to L.A. for spring break to go to Joshua Tree. Since that time, climbing has been at the core of everything I do, from how I spend my free time, to how I make a living. I’ve always had a need for adventure and for exploring, which has leant itself to two things: doing new routes and writing guidebooks to get other people to those amazing locations. I started Fixed Pin Publishing and wrote five books to areas around the Front Range of Colorado where I now live with my wife and two kids.
During the research phase of each book, I explored every nook and cranny to each climbing area, getting lost in the pursuit of first ascents and untapped potential that each area teemed with. In the past few seasons, I’ve run out of areas around Boulder to write guidebooks for, but have continued to focus my energy on developing new routes, both with gear and with bolts. But through all that climbing and all that research, and from all the developing, I’ve really started to appreciate the need for route maintenance and crag upkeep. While I am extremely passionate about putting up new routes, I’ve become more and more fascinated with bolt replacement. I love the tinkering/engineering side of the tools and techniques required for getting out a whole gamut of old bolt types, as well as the stewardship side of giving back to the community I love so much and doing it in a way that is sustainable by using the same bolt holes over again. This simple, yet critical belief of reusing the same hole has always been at the core of ClimbTech’s beliefs as well, which is why they have the Legacy bolt, and why I have always been drawn to them. I am incredibly honored to be a part of their team and help implement that sustainable vision we both share.