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High on the West face of Naranjo de Bulnes beginning the descent.
N McCann, Aug 2006
© F McCann
Climbers: Finn McCann
Camera used: Konica Minolta CAMERA, Inc. Revio KD-420Z
But where's the rope? Or was it going to be a jump?
Jack Frost - 18/Dec/08
Great photo. Looks like your anticipating a rope from below rather than above.
rice boy - 19/Dec/08
Basically, I would abseil off first and find the belay stance, then I secured myself in place (hoping that the bolt was solid) and took myself off the abseil line, then my brother would rappel down to join me. Next we would pull down the ropes and start over. It took about 2-3 hours to descend all in all.
F McCann - 19/Dec/08
Ah, so your brother took the shot!
Climbing tip; if you are first to reach the ab point, thread the end of the rope into the next bolt as soon as you get there, that way you can strart to pull and thread next point as son as your partner unclips
kevin stephens - 19/Dec/08
Great photo, but I think I'd have been inclined to clip into the old stuff as well, just in case y'know....
SteveSBlake - 19/Dec/08
why the hell didnt you clip onto both of the bolts? i thought that was like climbing rule number 1: never trust just 1 bolt!!
markalmack - 26/Aug/09
I can only think of three answers to this
a)lack of understanding/knowledge of safe practices
whichever way you slice it, it dont taste good!
Dan-gerMouse - 07/Sep/09
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In reply to Dan-gerMouse. I can assure you that I fall into none of the above categories: having both a wealth of climbing experience and a sound understanding of climbing practices. In this case I also had local knowledge of the descent route and the state of the belay stations and had been assured of their quality. A huge amount of rock climbing relies on trust born from previous experiences, how many times have you fallen onto a bolt and had it pop? In this case I was confident of the soundness of the bolts and circumstances dictated that it didn't make sense to clip into both bolts. I appreciate that it is very good advice to never rely on one anchor, I am very aware of this, however I'd also advise caution in judging any situation unless you were actually there yourself.
F McCann - 07/Sep/09