Echo Crag has had some trail work done over the past few weekends by the Valhalla Group and others. This includes two new ladders along the Square Inch Wall, improvements between the first band of cliff and the Hone Wall area, and the large blow down tree (that was obstructing right side of the Hone Wall) has been cut out.
On the Hone Wall the original FA'ers have added lead bolts to the following climbs: Center Line (5.7), NCO Take Off (5.10, left of No Pigs), Race Day (5.9+), Rain Dance (5.9+), and Just Roof'n Around (5.11). When these lines where first done we only had a few bolts at our disposal and therefore judicially and sparely placed them, thus creating R+-rated climbs. It was not our original intention to create R-rated climbs. We were just short on cash and lots of routes to send! In fact, after putting up a route we would take the hangers off the newly installed bolts and use them on the next first ascent. The Hone Wall has some fine climbing and we had noticed through the years that the Hone Wall has seen very little traffic except for the few that have the skill and head to lead R+-rated routes. Don't expect to find Rumney sport clip-ups. Be sure to carry smaller cams and wires (Lowe Balls have good use here) besides just quick draws. You still have to earn your clips. There are some other Hone Wall climbs that will also be opened up for reasonable safe and enjoyable leads. The climbs will still have plenty of spice to them. No Pigs btw will stay as is.