/ The Kinder Muppet Show
Up at the Downfall y'day, good conditions, quite a few people there as you'd expect, so logic says if you rap off do so away from the climbs ....oh no,3 muppets just had to go straight down the middle, above climbers, with the risk of knocking the upper chandelier ice on to them (some very damoclean daggers). Asked them not to, just ignored!
Bloody brainless, there was a perfectly safe abseil at the side which they were made aware of.
If you are reading this ...THINK....you do have responsibilities!
That feels better!
What gets me is loads are on the downfall because of easy access when there's equally good ice on northern kinder escarpment and deserted. At least it was yesterday...
Yes, but you'd have to walk a bit further and people might not see how good and cool you are.
> Yes, but you'd have to walk a bit further and people might not see how good and cool you are.
Suits me, virgin ice and all, rather than hacks to bits and lots of easy hooks in previous placements on the downfall. Funny thing is, it hardly saw much action in late 70s / early 80s when conditions were arguably even better.
H'mmm, but in all fairness, there's nothing which provides a 25+m pitch of ice. It is a good route if you can accept the crowds, but that doesn't mean accepting dangerous practice. I can't believe that most people are going there just to look good!
There are routes of comparable lengths , you clearly haven't been over to the northern edges in the past week. But that good by me if they remain rarely visited locations for winter climbing.
Wow, are you always so gung-ho and argumentative in your posts. Glad to hear you've been up doing lots of great unspoilt routes away from the masses, whilst we lesser mortals have to visit the Downfall.
I only know the route up to the Downfall, so wouldn't dare venture off the good trail others make for me. I may get lost!
Not gung ho or argumentive at all. Just pointing out there are alternatives close by if you want to get away from the downfall which will always be busy and full of muppets, given it gets the coverage online that it does.
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