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By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 9, 2002
This approach is generally known as The Ramp. It can be very frightening when wet or icy in places - especially going up to Bon Homme or around past the Soler/TAD area.
The best descent route is the Meadows rappel. The Bon Homme rappels have some scary downclimbing and the Durrance rappels are almost always cloged with people climbing up. Be careful of rope eating cracks when pulling rap lines.
By Brian Milhaupt
From: Golden, CO
Jul 11, 2002
|I have heard this area described as the "bowling alley". Many routes, and the most popular rappel all funnel into the same small area. I have seen a climber incapacitated by rockfall when this area was hoppin'. A brain bucket is not a bad idea here.|
By Joe Dawson
Jun 1, 2009
|This approach has a couple of exposed 4th class moves on it. If you are not comfortable with that, I would rope up for it.|
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Oct 13, 2010
The Meadows rappel route can be done from the summit with a 70M. There is about 3ft to spare on each rappel except for the last one that ends at the beginning of the ramp. You will need to down climb about 5ft from a good stance.
Don't get your ropes stuck! Self rescue with a single rope might be a difficult.
By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Oct 21, 2014
I would say that the best descent route for this zone (possibly for the whole DeTow) is the Exit Us rap. This is the rap that starts with the two-bolt anchor on top of Cracko Diablo. With about 10' of 4th class downclimbing, a 70m double-rope rappel will reach the ledge at the base of Soler/TAD/Cracko. Watch your ends!
Alternatively, you can take one 70m rope and hit all the stations, getting back to the ledge in 3 or 4 raps.
IMO this area offers the least potential for getting ropes stuck, but pay attention to those below you. Cracko Diablo often has people on it.