/ Riglos - should i be worried about the fixed gear
i'm off to riglos on monday and was just looking at the pics in the log books and found this.
looks rather worrying as i thought the only way off the top of this route is abseiling.
have you abbed off this?
Any info on the state of other fixed gear , bolts , belays, descents etc is appreciated.
Looks bomber to me. You're going first though, just to check like... :)
Ha ha, thought so , looking forward to swinging off the one that doesn't look attached!!
Thanks for the reassuring comments on good bolts everyone
Always take a critical look at fixed gear. Always.
I must have abbed off the gear in that photo last October when we were on top of the Puro. I'm an easily scared, middle-aged, family man, and didn't have any concerns whatsoever in abbing off any of the fixed gear that we found in Riglos.
What the photo doesn't shows is what the rest of that big wire cable is threaded through. I'm pretty sure it is some substantial bolts that you actual use to ab off. This cluster is, I think, just a sort of makeshift handrail for the very cautious from the very top of the Puro guiding you a couple of metres down to the ab runway/station. All good sense really since you want a clean vertical descent that will return the ropes without pulling any loose crud down on your head.
It's not the gear you need to worry about on El Puro, but other climbers. We were the first party up that day, with about six parties behind. We dislodged not a pebble during the abs, but on the descent saw clumsy oafs knocking some pretty large rocks off and nearly wiping out spectators on the track below...
> It's not the gear you need to worry about on El Puro, but other climbers. We were the first party up that day, with about six parties behind. We dislodged not a pebble during the abs, but on the descent saw clumsy oafs knocking some pretty large rocks off and nearly wiping out spectators on the track below...
very good tip! Seen the same in Chorro. Must be one of the most dangerous aspects of busy cragging! Need eyes in the top of your head. Dont hang about having picnics below big faces ( note to self )
I'M Happier that the wire is attached to something other than those dodgy pegs
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