Descent

MudRat negotiates a tricky descent from Saddleback.

August 12, 2006


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ksolem

ksolem - Dec 31, 2009 11:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Holy cow!

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.

nartreb

nartreb - Jan 6, 2010 10:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Holy cow!

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.)

ksolem

ksolem - Jan 12, 2010 7:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Holy cow!

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

nartreb

nartreb - Jan 14, 2010 3:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Holy cow!

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.

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