From Rio Rancho, NM
Oct 6, 2010
|Was out climbing Mountain Momma on Torreon (awesome route btw) with DTP a few days ago. Anywho, long story short the rap station sketched me out and I decided to go and change out the tat for some newer cord. While I'm out there I find that Torreon has 3 seperate rappel stations.
One is located at the large tree in the center of the photo. The other is on that short squat tree up and to the right of the large tree.
Here's another pic of the second rap station. Note the large boulder to the right of the tree. That is the new rappel station.
I'm pretty sure that the second rap station was the original rap station as described in the descent section of Torreon. Here's a pic of the backside. Notice the hollowed out inside.
Third rap station was further south of the two other stations.
Spectra on nylon. YAY!
I love this one.
Closer examination of tree reveals that it's halfway dead and kinda hollow inside.
Normally I'll just replace the tat and be on my way. In this case I was feeling kinda sorry for the tree so I decided to move the rap station from the tree to the large boulder next to it. The boulder was slung with 8mm cord doubled and tied together with a figure 8. Pretty beefy and redundant.
Knot was stuffed into the crack as a JIC and some rocks were pounded in to prevent the cord from riding out of the crack.
The rappel requires a 60m rope. Tie the ends because it's close.
The other two rap stations were dismantled. I apologize for the inconvenience to those who might have used it, but I feel that the original station was the best; it puts you directly on the correct ascent gully.
If you see this tree you're in the right gully.
Which takes you to the fixed rope:
Oh yeah, here's me on the rappel. The rap station has two D biners. I'll probably add rap rings as well later on.
Anybody know what this is? I found it near the base of Torreon and dragged it up with me. IT WEIGHS A TON! (more like 30lbs) Also found that cooler. Sweet Score in the Sandias!
Be safe out there.