Downclimbing Drizzlepuss to...

Downclimbing Drizzlepuss to the notch (September 5, 2005). attm (red jacket) is standing at the rappel station.


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mountaingazelle - Sep 14, 2005 2:36 pm - Voted 10/10

Good Picture, Question.

What is the difficulty rating of the downclimb? How long is the rappel into the notch?


Andy - Sep 14, 2005 4:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good Picture, Question.

I'd call the downclimb serious class 4. In the photo I'm standing at the top of Drizzlepuss and the first move or two is definitely the scariest as it's pretty straight down. Other than that it didn't bother me too much. However, at the time Alan said it was the scariest downclimbing he'd ever done.

I'm not sure exactly how far the rappel was, but one 60m rope easily got us down. I'd say it was probably about 50 to 60 feet.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Sep 14, 2005 4:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Good Picture, Question.

I agree totally with Andy. The downclimb is serious class 4.....more like class 5. The fall would be at least 1000 ft. However, the first move is the hardest. Once done, the remaining downclimb is closer to class 3 with nice large ledges. Yes, it was the scariest downclimb I've ever done.

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