/ San Melas - Roaches Skyline - How big are your friends?
About WC 3.5 and/or 4, if I recall.
Sack the cam and take a mat. Fluff the top and most likely you deck.
Bad advice. It's runout, but fluff below the top and you might well not deck. 2xF3 is what I used, but 3.5/4 prolly OK too.
That's bad advice, the very top from where you might deck is only 4c or so, and way easier than the 5c crux for which you want the cam protection.
There's a range of placements between 3 and 4. Set yourself a baby bouncer and enjoy a safe e3 slab but make sure your belayer is on their toes and keeping the ropes relatively snug.
Enjoy, it's a very nice route.
just had a look at some pictures. after being told how bad my advice was. Although you would deck from the top it is unlikely as it gets easier. For some reason my memory told me the break was lower, but as you can see it isn't. apologies.
Thanks y'all. Can someone define a "baby bouncer" for me, sounds like one rope with a cam to one's left, and one rope with a cam to one's right.
Since this is looking like a requirement for a pair of pretty big cams, and I have no cams, I think it's probably coming off the list.
Same as it looks like one that would really play to my strengths - appart from my distinct lack of cajones, that's where it would all fall apart, but it's one of the things I'm trying to work on.
Just thought I should qualify this by stating that I appreciate fear is quite a useful survival skill! A guide I was skiing with a couple of years ago, and discussing my getting really gripped up while climbing commented that respect for the situation is good at keeping you alive, but one should also be very aware of when it's irrational - like the time I sat on Black and Tans for about 10 minutes completely unable to move, despite being protected by two #10 nuts in completely bomber placements.
Oh, and that should have read "shame"
Yes. Although for this route gear on one side only (slightly to the left) is normal and ok.
> it's probably coming off the list.
Yes, you will need one or two cams of WC 3 to 4, though these are sizes most people have, so could readily be borrowed.
Just to say that I really enjoyed the route, but it's worth knowing that it is worth its grade. I did it in perfect, cold conditions and it felt fine - I personally wouldn't do it on a sweaty day. It's pretty lonely up there once you've left the gear behind and it's a little while before you're home and dry.
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