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Stuck Ropes, Garden of the gods, North Gateway 1/12/14
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By Brian McCormick
Jan 12, 2014

After an ascent of the Boucher-Twombly route (5.6 loose - a lot of scrambling) on North Gateway rock at Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs, CO) my partner and I rapped west from the base of the south camel (3 drilled pin anchor - new webbing and rings today) into the tourist gully (2 rope, 170'+/-). After pulling about 50' of rope, we managed to get the ropes stuck primarily due to high (40-50mph on the face) winds. Weather permitting, we intend to return next weekend for a retrieval - however if anyone is up there in the interim (judging from the faded tat at the top of the route, I'm not sure anyone has been up there recently), and retrieves them - please contact me directly (brian.c.mccormick"at"gmail). We would be happy to buy you some beers and dinner and tell you the epic story of how the ropes got there today. Sorry to clutter up the garden with our poor luck - climb safe and have fun.


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