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By Rob Alexander
May 8, 2009
topo fer da slabs
Jul 7, 2014
If you opt to use the double rappel down the North Descent (found by following the trail past the first fixed line), please be cautious. The old white tree hanging off the cliff with a bunch of tat and rap rings is feeling much less stable than it used to. With just a little push on the trunk, you can see the entire root mat lifting up. I added some cord and a couple quick links to a much healthier (albeit smaller)tree about six feet back into the woods. There was already a longer length of cord hanging down from that tree toward the edge of the cliff with a single quick link. I trimmed that cord down and tied it back around in a smaller loop.
It might be time to cut the tat off the dying tree that hangs out over the edge? I don't climb here very often, so I wasn't sure if it's used as more of a winter descent option in which case the frozen ground would make it a bit more substantial.
Either way, I suggest the walk-off option.
By Brian Murphy
Aug 24, 2014
|This is definitely not for beginners. I lead this for my 2nd lead ever and we made it but it was mentally draining. Here's a couple tips to learn from our idiocy. Make sure you give yourself 5+ hours, you don't want to be going down at dusk. The descent is not straightforward to begin with. Streams of water were coming down other routes, assume that means you'll find plenty of water on the route you want to climb. Other than that it was a great climb. Good luck!|