Five stinkin' rappels in...

Five stinkin' rappels in...

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?

Eric Sandbo
on Feb 8, 2005 1:04 am
Image ID: 88957


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Klenke - Feb 8, 2005 2:13 am - Voted 10/10

hypo what?

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.

Eric Sandbo

Eric Sandbo - Feb 8, 2005 2:36 am - Hasn't voted

Re: hypo what?

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!

The Lower Marmot

The Lower Marmot - Feb 8, 2005 6:40 pm - Voted 10/10

5 creativity stars!

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.

Eric Sandbo

Eric Sandbo - Feb 9, 2005 3:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: 5 creativity stars!

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 I originally made them for a slide show I gave for the Skagit Alpine Club in '82.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.

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