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Nativity, Echo crag
grego
29/10/2012
12:33:13 PM

I rapped down to do this the other day, but decided not to attempt it due to a beehive nearby (another post about beehives just reminded me!)

The crux through the bulge looks pretty well protected, but too me at least looks really friggin tough for the grade! Am I just soft?
prb
29/10/2012
12:49:01 PM
Nice holds, straightforward moves, good protection, if anything it's low in the grade (but not if a swarm of bees attack!)
Wendy
29/10/2012
1:44:21 PM
I wouldn't have called it low in the grade ... but it is a great route, one of the best 16s at the Mt. Depending on your confidence with gear placement, you may find the first overhang a bit tricky to lace up and probably the hardest moves on the route. Having said that, it is possible to make it completely safe. Don't be afraid to climb up and down a few times to suss out good gear and contemplate the moves.

I'm guessing that means the bees are back in Honeycomb? Bugger. They stayed away for a year or so at least. I've never had any trouble doing Nativity whilst the bees are there but I'd avoid Honeycomb itself.
grego
29/10/2012
1:56:31 PM
Ta. Yep it's that first overhang I'm referring to, where the crack goes straight through the middle of the bulge.

I'm not back there until next year so will defn pay it a visit next time.

The beehive looks like it is a little to the right of Nativity - is the route Psalm 69?

kieranl
29/10/2012
2:46:52 PM
The bees are on Nativity, in thecrack, at the stance above the first bulge. When I did psalm 69 a few months back I came close to lowering off but when I kept well to the right they didn't bother me.
Bees are getting to be a real nuisance on quite a few climbs at the moment. We need an eradication plan.

shortman
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29/10/2012
2:55:53 PM
On 29/10/2012 kieranl wrote:
>The bees are on Nativity, in thecrack, at the stance above the first bulge.
>When I did psalm 69 a few months back I came close to lowering off but
>when I kept well to the right they didn't bother me.
>Bees are getting to be a real nuisance on quite a few climbs at the moment.
>We need an eradication plan.

Just out of interest - are they native bees?
kieranl
29/10/2012
3:03:26 PM
On 29/10/2012 shortman wrote:

>Just out of interest - are they native bees?
>
No, feral honey bees. Native bees wouldn't be a worry.

E. Wells
29/10/2012
3:29:57 PM
Seeing as bringing foxes for the rabbits was such a success, maybe some grizzly bears. This would also give the blokedyblokes on the other side of the road something different to shoot at when they have a drinking session. I guess the bears would have to climb, can a grizzly climb grade 16....? (prompt for obligatory stupid video footage)
prb
29/10/2012
3:37:55 PM
Not sure about grizzlies but black bears can send 5.10 - this was discovered when climbers at El Cap tried stashing food atop the first pitches of routes.

Miguel75
29/10/2012
3:46:24 PM
On 29/10/2012 dangermouth wrote:
>Seeing as bringing foxes for the rabbits was such a success, maybe some
>grizzly bears...

Just think of all the fun that could be had with a few ravenous grizzlies prowling the Pines... Hammers would be acceptable weapons, school groups would huddle quietly in their tents...

Ahhh, bring them on.

bw
29/10/2012
4:09:58 PM
On 29/10/2012 dangermouth wrote:
>Seeing as bringing foxes for the rabbits was such a success, maybe some
>grizzly bears. This would also give the blokedyblokes on the other side
>of the road something different to shoot at when they have a drinking session.
>I guess the bears would have to climb, can a grizzly climb grade 16....?
>(prompt for obligatory stupid video footage)

canetoad logic - the bears like honey so introduce them :)

Doug
29/10/2012
6:22:55 PM
We were riding our bikes around The Mount last week on a cold and windy day and passed a huge swarm of bees in the middle of the road. (Lucky neither of us ran over them!). It was the first time I've ever seen anything like it.

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