this weekend

this weekend

Postby DSunwall » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:48 am

anybody have anything close to home that won't take a long day this Saturday, I'm looking for something to do.
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Postby John Kirk » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:49 am

I was thinking about another long day of Park County peak slaughtering, but I could change my mind and do Bishop & etc Sat. Could do Cathedral Spires then Bishop and you could bail after Bishop if you'd like. Or could do Cheesman and the Castle...
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Postby DSunwall » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:00 pm

I thought you said this weekend was out?

Bishop sounds alright.
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Postby John Kirk » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:14 pm

DSunwall wrote:I thought you said this weekend was out?


Earlier in the week I was thinking the forecast was looking too good to settle for low Jeffco peaks... Still not a bad forecast, but I'd like to get in as much rock practice this winter and spring as possible. Plus you threatened 14ers for the rest of the winter so I saw this as a narrow window ... :-P
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Postby DSunwall » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:19 pm

I did sort of have higher peaks in mind to stay in shape for the 14ers, I could do that Sunday.

So meet at the TH to Cathedral? 8am early enough for you? I can bring a lite rope and a little pro, guess I better read those TR's again.

According to jeremy, no pro or rope.
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Postby John Kirk » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:37 pm

DSunwall wrote:I did sort of have higher peaks in mind to stay in shape for the 14ers, I could do that Sunday.

So meet at the TH to Cathedral? 8am early enough for you? I can bring a lite rope and a little pro, guess I better read those TR's again.

According to jeremy, no pro or rope.


That works - I'd rather shoot for 7, but 8 is OK - You're coming from Sedalia on 67 I imagine? Guess the logical place to meet is about here:
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=39.41277,-105.25479&z=15&t=T

Pete K and Adam used rope and rappelled. I'm willing to carry the rope up. I'll bring a small assortment of pieces, though I'm not anticipating using them.
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Postby DSunwall » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:49 pm

I'll be there at 7am,
That looks like the parking area I'm familiar with.

Google maps says it is 34.9 miles from my house via 67 to Foxton, 1 hour and 18 minutes.

58.6 miles, 1 hour 17 minutes via 285 and Foxton.

I'll take the short route, 67.
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Postby petekrz » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:02 pm

John and Dwight,

Adam climbed Bishop Rock without placing any gear. Once at a nice ledge about 8 feet below the summit he anchored himself in and belayed me up. It's an easy climb....but i'm not as experienced a climber as he is, so i was happy to have the protection. I believe he brought his 30 m rope. There are a few big slings and 2 rappel rings as well. The slings are around a huge rock that isn't moving.
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Postby DSunwall » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:07 pm

thanks Pete, sounds like we may just need a rope and a rappel device.
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Postby Jeremy Hakes » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:25 pm

I'd recommend bringing a very short rope (30m is fine) for the rappel. You can get 1 small piece in at the bottom of the climb, but it's basically worthless - if you fall before the big ledge, you'll deck anyway. If it is wet/icy, I'd recommend doing it on a different day. That side is decently lichen covered - when wet, it will be much less secure, since it is basically a 5.4 or 5.5 free-solo. I don't want to ruin the surprise for you. I'm still vacillating about plans for tomorrow, depending on what my wife wants to do. *sigh*
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Postby DSunwall » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:28 pm

what direction does the climb face? IE sunhit or not?
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Postby Jeremy Hakes » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:33 pm

Due north. In summer, it gets a few hours of sunhit. I'd be surprised if there was any at this point in the year. It has been dry the last few weeks, however... unless we get snow/rain tonight?
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