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|New anchors at Araps - What do you reckon?
||9-Jan-2017 At 12:37:26 PM
|On 9/01/2017 simey wrote:
>>I think the rap down Tiger Wall and the new one down the right watchtower
>>both suck. Flinder's Lane, the cave and Ali's were all coping with the
>>traffic fine. On the other hand, both the halfway ledge and the base
>>that abseil rapidly became devegetated. The Kestrel rap starts and ends
>>on rockier ground and does not have the same damage despite being there
>>for many years. The lower one also goes over several climbs on the base
>>of Tiger Wall.
>I reckon the Tiger Wall rap descent works quite well, although I would
>rarely use it to descend from Flinders Lane as multi-pitch rapping is usually
>more time consuming than walking/scrambling down. I do use those anchors
>if I am climbing routes in the immediate vicinity (many of which don't
>go all the way to Flinders Lane). By the way, have you done the mega-classic
>that Bec and I put up there recently 'Renovation Nation' (20)?
I haven't yet. Being a lazy local, I did all the ground level new routes/retrobolted old routes first when I got back from the states, then it got too hot. I figure a lot of people must be using those raps from the damage around them.
>>The right watchtower one has a station in the middle of
>>Siren. Really, if you are doing a multi pitch, you have already committed
>>to a certain degree of journey and where walking down is safe and doesn't
>>trash the gullies, I think it's perfectly reasonable to do so. From RWS,
>>you can easily access the Pharos gully track, just wait in line at the
>>LWS if you really have to abseil. You could always walk off watchtower
>>gully if you don't want to wait. Again, I have never had to wait more
>>a single group to get off LWS. The only times I have had a problem getting
>>down Ali's is when groups were doing the "rock journey", which I have
>>bunch of issues with in itself.
>What do you mean by LWS and RWS? Do you mean LWF and RWF? (Left Watcthower
>Face and Right Watchtower Face, for those of you who hate acronyms).
>I haven't used the LWF rap descent, but I can't imagine that I will. Walking
>down Pharos Gully is pretty convenient in comparison. I usually walk down
>if I climb on the RWF too. It is faster and saves taking two ropes.
I just realised I was still half asleep this morning and mixing my left and rights ... aside from that I was acronyming right/left watchtower slab.
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