/ Darius - 50m ropes
Would I end up topping out and pulling the rope through the belayers belay plate while I search for an anchor or would I be pulling the rope through before I've finished the climbing?
I doubt it. Did it on 60s a few months back and you have to drag your belayer up to get to the tree. If you can find a belay on the edge, and your belayer doesn't mind simul climbing you might do it, however I'm not sure you'll enjoy any faff on that final section as you'll likely be pretty pumped.
I did it on 50m ropes from the very bottom, and you have about 60cm to build a belay, which is possible on the little ledge 2ft from the top of the crag.
You could also bring your belayer upto the ledge where the route starts proper, which will gain you about 8m. PITA though.
> You could also bring your belayer upto the ledge where the route starts proper, which will gain you about 8m. PITA though.
I did this and it was fine on 50's.
Pain In The Bottom
Definitely not on 50s, me and the missis had to simul climb for the last groove, exciting stuff with very pumped arms! I would do it on very skinny 60s and take more gear or split it into 2 pitches if I did it again. Very memorable route as one pitch though more like E3 in my opinion....
1 pitch is definitely the way to climb Darius, and twin 50's will work fine....
....but you will first need to pre-rig an extra belay rope from a substantial tree 30 or 40ft back from the lip, so you can clip into it as soon as you top out.
I always to do this for all the long pitches in this area (Darius, Perseus etc) and it saves a load of hassle.
If this is impractical, then you'd be best off treating it as a 2 pitch route, but if you approach the crag from the top (which I normally do) then the pre-rigged belay rope works a treat.
> Would I end up topping out and pulling the rope through the belayers belay plate
shouldn't they be tied in to stop this happening?
50m ropes can vary in length on the + side but as the amount of + varies where you get to on rope stretch might not be the same as someone else on their rope.
FWIW I did a parallel line on 50m ropes and its surprising how much you can stretch them if you need to.
Tie a (small) knot in the end or make sure your second is tied in before you set off
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