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|Matt Lemke||Well done!|
|I was wondering when this would pop up! Thanks for using my pic...too bad I climbed them all separatly lol|
|Posted Mar 11, 2013 1:04 am|
|Kiefer Thomas||Re: Well done!|
|Cool! Thanks Matt! I've had this route on the back of my mind for a while to add to SP but never really wanted to write the description up. Took a while squeezing my memory and pouring over old pictures to reacquaint myself with this ridge. |
Kinda glad I took the time to do this now that I see it.
Appreciate the comment!
And yes, I saw your pic and had to use it! ;o)
|Posted Mar 11, 2013 1:21 am|
|Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.|
|Posted Mar 13, 2013 11:03 pm|
|rgg||A fine page!|
|I do not often read route pages when I've never heard of the mountain or route, but the photo on the front page made me curious, and this is a fine page!|
When I read it, and even more when I looked at the photos, I was wondering if a rope could not be useful after all, especially with a somewhat larger group. Not to belay, but if someone trips and takes a tumble, the others may react in time and quickly throw the rope around something and hold it taut. And if the whole group falls, the rope will probably snag somewhere. Better that the group falls a short distance, than one member all the way down.
I've experienced that sort of accident. In total we were five of us on the rope. The second person fell, went down head first and stopped a few meters down the ridge, because the others were quick to respond. Thanks to the helmet, the result was only a mild concussion, but that's better than having to write an obituary.
Of course, from the description and photos I can't fully judge if this ridge is suitable for this. Perhaps the terrain is such that when the group would fall, the likelihood of the rope catching something is too small to be of any real use. In that case a rope would actually be bad, because then, instead of one casualty, the whole group goes down.
|Posted Mar 15, 2013 7:44 am|
|Kiefer Thomas||Re: A fine page!|
|Wanted to say thanks rgg. I appreciate the fine comments. As regarding using a rope, I hear what ya mean about safety and saving your partners in the advent of a fall. I guess it's not so much as the actual fall that I would be worried about as would the sheer amount of loose crap/talus you'd pull down on yourself, a mini avalanche of rock. Plus, the sedimentary rock in the Maroon Creek Valley is almost all fractured and "dinner-plate like." I'd worry about the thousand little, micro cuts the rope would endure. THAT alone would be enough to make me not want to carry one. |
By the way, during your fretful experience, where were you? What mountain? Thanks that only one member of your grp experienced injuries.
|Posted Mar 20, 2013 2:02 am|
|rgg||Re: A fine page!|
|Perhaps you were under the impression that we were on the same route, but that wasn't the case. I just mentioned the accident to illustrate the advantage of being on a rope, even if there is not much to belay from.|
Google Satelite view gives a pretty good impression (even if the Terrain view does not):
|Posted Mar 20, 2013 2:42 pm|
|Sarah Simon||Super page|
Way to - again - set the bar, this time with route pages. Great write-up!
|Posted Mar 17, 2013 2:46 pm|
|Kiefer Thomas||Re: Super page|
|Sarah! Thanks for looking! I think route pages can be a bit more difficult to write because difficulty is harder to objectify outside of a common, larger agreeance (is that a word?).|
Anyway, I do appreciate it!! ;o)
|Posted Mar 20, 2013 2:04 am|