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Five stinkin' rappels in pitch darkness to get down three easy pitches. Twenty-three years later, I still remember two of the anchors. The first was a sling wrapped around a fist-sized rock jammed in a slot. The fourth (I think) was a #2 unwired Hexcentric, placed end-to-end, with one end on a crystal. We'd looked around that stance for a better anchor, and after a half-hour's search settled on that. We had that horrendous moat under us to keep it entertaining. (Derek says it was about 50 feet deep. I thought it was bottomless. I think I smelled tide flats.) At the time, I felt that anchor had about a 90% chance of holding. Great odds for the lottery, but substandard for rappels.

If, hypothetically speaking, a guy took a reject Kodachrome slide that had come out all black, and if he hypothetically scratched a picture with a pin in the emulsion on the back side, It would still be a photograph, wouldn't it? Hypothetically?


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Klenkehypo what?


Voted 10/10

Did you say hypothetically or hyper-pathetically?

I've also had to rappel in the dark and set up suspect anchors, so I can relate to your "bad" memories.
Posted Feb 8, 2005 2:13 am

Eric SandboRe: hypo what?

Eric Sandbo

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We were, indeed, hyper-pathetic that night. At one rap stance we were stuck in a line, our legs jammed in a wide, vertically-oriented (but not vertical) crack, exhausted, hungry, hoarse from thirst, no place to sit. But hey, if it was too easy, it wouldn't be fun!
Posted Feb 8, 2005 2:36 am

The Lower Marmot5 creativity stars!

The Lower Marmot

Voted 10/10

Now if some other lowlife out there thinks he's cool and tries to copy this idea, I'm slapping an off-topic on your pic without a thought, but this is pretty stinking awesome for originality alone.
Posted Feb 8, 2005 6:40 pm

Eric SandboRe: 5 creativity stars!

Eric Sandbo

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Thanks. I originally made them for a slide show I gave for the Skagit Alpine Club in '82. They were a hit there, but don't really fit in a web site devoted to education about climbs and routes. Derek talked me into posting them to go with his trip report, but I may pull them in a few days.
Posted Feb 9, 2005 3:05 am

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on Feb 8, 2005 1:04 am

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