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Abseiler hurt on Bluff Mountain, Warrumbungles 30-Jun-2016 At 12:46:03 AM jrc
I read your TR; very bad luck with the fall I suspect you were off route which is easy enough to do in the Bungles.

Re time, 630 should easily be early enough for BB even at this time of year. That said, you need to have a risk plan on these routes if you are taking too long by P2 (ie the highest you can easily rap from) then its a lot more sensible to go back to camp rather than enhance your experience with after dark ascents.

That said - except for Bryden & KB - we have all had epics in the Bungles. BB is a great climb but even if you can flash reds at the gym and clip 25s at Shipley it doesnt hurt to remember the Bungles experience is more like mountaineering with its not always merry collection of objective hazards - try Vertigo, try cornerstone, yes take the right ropes for the abseil descents but being used to the rock makes a big difference.
BB is on a 250m high cliff which implies a different set of hazards from something like Vertigo itself on a 70m high cliff.
If nothing else there are 5 belays to set up vs 2 on vertigo (max).
At 15 mins per belay (about the time sports/gym bunnies take to work out how to belay off gear on a piece of rock they've never seen before) thats getting on for an extra hour - the sun doesn't stop for you though.

Glad to hear you are all ok

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