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Descent
MudRat negotiates a tricky descent from Saddleback.

August 12, 2006


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ksolemHoly cow!

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Saddleback has paint markers now? That's gross. Sure wasn't anything like that up there when I was in the Ads, around 1975-79.
Posted Dec 31, 2009 11:41 pm

nartrebRe: Holy cow!

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I was happy to have them - route-finding would have been difficult without them, especially on descent where you can't see most of the face. (I think I'm more skilled today, but at the time I would have backtracked repeatedly or tried to downclimb something I wasn't ready for.)
Posted Jan 6, 2010 10:24 am

ksolemRe: Holy cow!

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Aw jeez. Now I feel bad for being all cocky ;-)

Still, it seems wrong to paint the route on the rock. Wouldn't cairns work?

Cheers,

Kris
Posted Jan 12, 2010 7:02 pm

nartrebRe: Holy cow!

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We paint the route on trees all the time. Cairns might work but could be hard to spot and might not survive the winter, because they'd have to be small cairns: there isn't much nearly-flat ground to build them on. That little ledge Mudrat is standing on doesn't have any extra room, for example, but you really need a cairn within about twenty feet of each side of that blaze below him if you don't want hikers (as opposed to experienced climbers) losing the route.
Posted Jan 14, 2010 3:24 pm

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nartrebSubmitted by nartreb
on Aug 15, 2006 2:35 am

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Lat/Lon: 32.84000°N / 113.91°W
Object Title: Descent