The anchors (if any) coming down from the middle (flat) section of the ridge to the glacier must be incredibly hard to locate. I downclimbed that section at least 6 times in the last ten years and found zero anchors. Are the anchors new? Post 2006? Where are they located on the ridge between V Notch and top of Sill ?
BTW.The guy who got killed on the 2004 descent from Sill, Dan Kipper, was a good friend of mine.
Mountain Impulse wrote:The answer is "it depends." Assuming you're talking about getting down a single section, I'd go with your 80' rope and maybe 30' of webbing. From the webbing you make your harness unless you want to bring a regular seat harness. Rest of the webbing is anchor material. I'd throw in a rap ring so you don't have rope against webbing in your rigging. Your descending device is locking 'biner attached to your rope with a munter hitch.
Like someone said, the big issue may be finding a suitable natural anchor (of course if you want to carry pro you have the option of an artificial anchor but again you have to find a suitable place and then of course you'll be leaving your gear).
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