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Booty call: Pinnacle F / L Watchtower area, Araps.
martym
11/02/2014
12:18:23 AM
On 10/02/2014 shortman wrote:
>Can someone pull up a photo of the watchtower faces??
>


that clear enough?

shortman
11/02/2014
8:51:01 AM

Roast_chook?
Wendy
11/02/2014
8:56:37 AM
On 10/02/2014 Roast_chook wrote:

>
>As to pitches; one rope stretcher, one short and one medium and then the
>blocky $hit which, apparently seems to have been Kitten wall (do I claim
>that separately on 8a.nu?!) Saw no fixed gear, pegs, or carrots apart from
>one shiny bolt on the way back down - might have seen a penguin or two
>as well... but they were in no mood to help us walk out down Pharos.

THis doesn't sound like watchtower crack ... it has about 4 old carrots, 2 newish pitons and no shiny bolts. Are you sure you didn't go up Watchtower Chimney? That's the left side of the Watchtower.

some_text

Ignore the red lines, I just stole someone's home done topo off the web.


Sabu
11/02/2014
9:17:45 AM
No it doesn't sound like watchtower crack at all. Its one of those routes that a) you can't really get lost on and b) you definitely know you're on it because its just that epic.
Wendy
11/02/2014
9:21:55 AM


Sadly, i had to shrink that to almost illegibility to upload it, but there's the rough and ready topo of the area. The yellow crosses mark where you should have found old bolts and newish pitons on Watchtower Crack.
Roast_chook
11/02/2014
10:10:15 AM
I'm not sure funny is the right adjective to describe 8 or 9 hours climbing with apparently now no idea where it was! Appreciating all the sleuthing work all the same guys..

Pretty sure we made the top of pitch two of the Watchtower crack, can't be many big shady hanging block belays like that. The pitch above that seem to exit through a shallow gully with some small bushes to the decent ledge with bushes and a tree on it - but must have drifted right as I didn't see any fixed gear.

After that there were two or three short walls which, from the topo's supplied (thanks) were too low to be Kitten wall (damn, there goes my 8a.nu score).

We rapped back to where we started so there can't have been much in the way of traversing.

My money's still on a rather over enthusiastic exit from the block rightwards up to Wendy's "Short scrambly shit" going way too far until we hit bush. But that's maybe through a lack of acknowledgment of of my poor route finding skills.



kieranl
11/02/2014
10:21:32 AM
This doesn't make any sense at all.
How can you go from the second belay of Watchtower Crack and have the pitch above "exit through a shallow gully with some small bushes ..." ? Well I guess you could go acroos the watchtower, cross watchtower chimney and keep going. I'm a bit flabbergasted that Roast_chook can't even work out where they went from the photos. They must have been totally fried.
Roast_chook
11/02/2014
10:28:06 AM
Not as flabbergasted as Roast_chook is! Maybe this whole thread should be moved the to "Find Climbers" section...
kieranl
11/02/2014
10:33:10 AM
Wendy, you'll just have to wander around the top until you find some fresh tat.
Wendy
11/02/2014
10:39:37 AM
What about possibly wandering over Salamander? There are certainly a few bushes in it, and it's sort of a curved ledgy flake thing going to a sort of gully.

I guess it's possible to go left off the first belay of Watchtower onto Arachnus but I wouldn't have thought it was the obvious thing to do!
kieranl
11/02/2014
10:43:24 AM
One thing is for sure, whatever they did wasn't obvious!
If they'd got onto Salamander they would have passed two rap stations. Very hard to avoid those.

shortman
11/02/2014
10:58:37 AM
On 11/02/2014 Wendy wrote:
>What about possibly wandering over Salamander? There are certainly a few
>bushes in it, and it's sort of a curved ledgy flake thing going to a sort
>of gully.
>
>I guess it's possible to go left off the first belay of Watchtower onto
>Arachnus but I wouldn't have thought it was the obvious thing to do!

But then where would ya have a hanging belay under a block on the face?
Roast_chook
11/02/2014
11:08:51 AM
AH HA!

Finally we may be able to move this thread from "Find Climbers" to "Trip Report".

One of the guy's wife got some zoom shots of us on (or more likely off) route.

Hope the resolution is sufficient (and the uploads work!)

Pitch One



Pitch Three



Marijana trying to free the C4



kieranl
11/02/2014
11:16:53 AM
Taurarora (or something like that -, left edge of left watchtower face.
No wonder we couldn't work out where you were About 100metres off course!

Sabu
11/02/2014
11:18:23 AM
That's precisely what I was starting to wonder!

shortman
11/02/2014
11:18:24 AM
On 11/02/2014 kieranl wrote:
>Tauaurora (or something like that -, left edge of left watchtower face.

Praise the lord. Thats the one ya look at facing out of the chimney yeah?

Sabu
11/02/2014
11:21:40 AM
Well, if you guys thought that was the real deal then you're in for a real treat when you get onto it properly!
kieranl
11/02/2014
11:24:00 AM
Wendy's probably jumped in the car already.

shortman
11/02/2014
11:25:05 AM
On 11/02/2014 kieranl wrote:
>Wendy's probably jumped in the car already.

Ha!
Roast_chook
11/02/2014
12:18:27 PM
What, not even the right face?!

A shot of the view at the start of the climb (I'll not use the word route) looking right.

It definitely didn't feel like the real deal at the time it must be said.


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