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Anchoring into gravels 21-Dec-2010 At 12:45:24 AM drdeviousii
On 18/12/2010 vwills wrote:
>This sounds like a recent set up we encountered in the Hooker valley. Due
>to the glacial recession the lateral moraines are collapsing. To get onto
>or off the terrace leading to the ridge to Copland Pass there is an 8mm
>cable, covered in rock gouged plastic with metal strands poking out. This
>is 40- 50 m long, though it felt FAR longer. It is tethered to a single
>star picket embedded in the moraine about a metre back from the edge. You
>hand over hand it up or down a 75 degree slope where rocks are loosely
>embedded in dirt with a 25kg pack on with dust filling eyes and nose and
>the cable above you raining pebbles down. Choice bro.

no sympathy for alpine climbers sorry! especially when EVERYTHING in unZED has been advising for YEARS that the Copland Pass approach is SKETCH...

com'on mess...surely you've been up the Hooker in the last 10 years & seen the BRIGHT orange Copland Hut sitting WAAAY across & up there above the morraine WALL of DEATH??

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