On 26/06/2014 Duang Daunk wrote:
>On 26/06/2014 DMWdesign hassled chocky again:
>>Is that to the right, facing the cliff?
>>Facing the cliff, are the two further abseils down Comet Ramp on the
>You are going down yes?
>It is obvious which way is down when you get there.
>This is a climbing site mate. Almost every reference to L + R is (as traditionally
>done) facing the cliff unless specifically noted otherwise.
>When you eventually get on it, don't forget to come back to us with a
>trip report, so you can hassle again with questions about how to post pictures.
>There ya go M9. Fixed that for ya.
>Ay gfdonc bro. D Man Wdesign is a rapper not a climber. It's obvious you
>saved yourself the pain of reading earlier posts.
>How can I get that 10 mins of my life back?
thanks guys for clarification
I promise no more questions - and I won't bore you with the pics!
On 26/06/2014 DMWdesign wrote:
>thanks guys for clarification
>I promise no more questions - and I won't bore you with the pics!
Don’t be disheartened by a plain-typing DD post, DMW.
It comes from one of our resident (often perceived as being trolls*), Chocky posters.
(* They are a bit chameleon like as they change from time to time!)
If you hang around Chockstone long enough you will realise they are lightweight yet colourful threads of the Chockstone Posting Tapestry.
Re a Trip Report; I for one would be interested to see how you go, and it may also help the wider readership if they get feedback on how useful you find the information you have gleaned from this site (especially updates on anything that may have changed), before/after embarking on your adventure.
For those of us who might take such things a little bit for granted, it is always good to see things from another perspective.
You might like to join us and share* a campsite? ~> though others will likely be camped on the wall...
It might be handy to have experienced backup in the area at the time?? (*Minimises costs all around...)
As a heads up if you have not noticed already on that thread, it is likely that Defender will be getting a solo ascent during that time, though knowing the person involved I expect it will only be a single day affair.
>Re a Trip Report; I for one would be interested to see how you go, and
>it may also help the wider readership if they get feedback on how useful
>you find the information you have gleaned from this site (especially updates
>on anything that may have changed), before/after embarking on your adventure.
Thanks M9 for all your info about the route.
As planned, I did the trip a few days ago. - a great day out and the first three abseils were very exciting.
The whole area had a great atmosphere and the exposure was awesome.
We used 60m ropes and carried spare 50s. We also used basic walky-talkies which we found indispensable.
The route info given was accurate. We extended the first anchor as suggested. Not having been there before, it was a bit hard deciding on the correct line of the first abseil, but it was OK in the end. Someone had kindly secured a piece of carpet for edge protection at the first rap ledge. We scrambled down the last 20m of the last abseil on Comet Ramp and found the start of the climbers track relatively easily. The walk out was straightforward and track easy to follow.
We had a couple of bad luck dramas but these were successfully resolved and added to whole adventure. On the first abseil, at the rope retrieval, the end of the rope fell down and got firmly stuck around a flake (or fluke!) of rock about 15m up. I did eventually free it, but you’d be horrified if I told you how.
At the rope retrieval on the second abseil the rope fell down and decided to loop itself tightly around a small bush down to the left of an overhanging part of the cliff. – about 6m off the line of the rap. It probably would have pulled off during the abseil but after the first drama we did not want to take any chances. The work around was looping the abseil rope over a knob of rock at the far left end of the ledge. A bit of an awkward start, but this bought me down closer to the bush. When level with bush I locked off and was able to pull myself across on holds on the overhang and free the rope. After I was down, my mate retrieved the rope from the knob and abseiled directly from the bolts.
We checked out Dave Chitty’s (?) abseil point on the high point of Comet Ramp and next time I would probably abseil from there as the last two abseils in the gully are fairly uninspiring – although they do get you closer to the climbing track.
On 28/10/2014 DMWdesign wrote:
>I did eventually free it, but you’d be horrified if I told you how.
Sounds like you are transitioning from abseiling to climbing ;-) ...
~> A good move!!!
Heh, heh, heh.
>abseil point on the high point of Comet Ramp
Yes, it is DC's.
I have not yet continued that line myself, but strongly suspect that his mob does that whole wall as two abseils, that being; one from the top to Fuhrer Ledge, then the second from that anchor to the base. If this is the case, then you may end up having to find/rely on a natural anchor below it if using standard length ropes.
Thanks for the feedback to this site.
You can now plan/do other abseiling adventures on the north wall ☺, though you will want a longer* rope if doing the Ozymandias overhangs.
(*A 200 m rope rigged off the boulders just outside (north side) Wilkinsons lookout gets you to the hanging belay below Big Grassy ledge.)