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By AD_Ange
Jan 12, 2014

A rather large block has detached itself in the decent gully. It is somewhat settled in place but it has lethal potential for someone below on the decent. I figured I might make it worse if I attempted to trundle.


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By Brannen
From Flowery Branch, GA
Jan 13, 2014

If you're there alone I would go ahead and trundle it. There are a lot of people other than climbers who use Curahee, and leaving a block like that could be really dangerous since so many people that visit there aren't familiar with navigating rock.

Also for the same reasons be careful when trundling the block


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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Jan 13, 2014
Me on One Pitch Wonder at Whitesides.  Photo credits to Kyle Jones and his lucky anti-rain jacket.

Or you can just avoid the gully. The gully is a high erosion area. You are not limiting your impact by using it. Take the extra two minutes to walk around or lead/rappel the routes. It is great for the cardio. Also, if you park at the bottom and hike up it provides some exercise and training. The hike is pleasant and much less impact to the important ecosystem at the top of the cliff. I wish they would close the road to the top. This would also eliminate the riff raff that spray paints and litters the cliff. Currahee would be a much nicer experience if they gated it about half way up.


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By AD_Ange
Jan 13, 2014

Tom. We did Hike in from the bottom. I used the gully at the end of the day. Whether I did or didn't hike the gully is not the issue. There is still a precarious block that could come out and hurt a hiker or climber no matter if they used the gully or if they are just under it when it falls.

I wasn't really asking anyone's opinion on anything. I was just letting people know of a hazard I observed. Now my conscience is cleared.


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By rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Jan 13, 2014
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protect between Bolt 2/3 just post crux . <br /> <br />Picture credit goes to eric Singleton, and many thanks to Josh Bagget for the great belay.

oh man now you raise the question, if you saw a hazard and left it in place and someone gets hurt because they didn't see your post...would you feel responsible?


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By Mark Byers
Jan 13, 2014
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rock_fencer wrote:
oh man now you raise the question, if you saw a hazard and left it in place and someone gets hurt because they didn't see your post...would you feel responsible?


Now that we know about it, will we be responsible if one of us doesn't make a trip to Currahee just to trundle it off?


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By rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Jan 13, 2014
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protect between Bolt 2/3 just post crux . <br /> <br />Picture credit goes to eric Singleton, and many thanks to Josh Bagget for the great belay.

Mark Byers wrote:
Now that we know about it, will we be responsible if one of us doesn't make a trip to Currahee just to trundle it off?


good question, not sure how many degrees of separation are required for me to feel guilty? I think it would be irresponsible for me to even climb at currahee when there is such better climbing elsewhere given my lack of time, which i'm clearly spending on the interwebs instead of cramming cholinergic drugs into my brain today.


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By TomCaldwell
From Clemson, S.C.
Jan 13, 2014
Me on One Pitch Wonder at Whitesides.  Photo credits to Kyle Jones and his lucky anti-rain jacket.

AD_Ange wrote:
Tom. We did Hike in from the bottom. I used the gully at the end of the day. Whether I did or didn't hike the gully is not the issue. There is still a precarious block that could come out and hurt a hiker or climber no matter if they used the gully or if they are just under it when it falls. I wasn't really asking anyone's opinion on anything. I was just letting people know of a hazard I observed. Now my conscience is cleared.


I wouldn't worry about it then. Places like Rumbling Bald got their name for a reason. This is how the boulder field was created. It is just the nature of the mountain. While you mean well, don't lose sleep over it. The likelihood of it falling on someone just walking by is so low. The gully has deteriorated to its current state because of human impact. People have been pissing on Currahee for years. Trundle it or don't. rockfencer and Mark are correct about the number of people that climb there and people on here seeing it.

On another note, I am glad you are hiking from the bottom. Like I said before, that place would be so much better if they closed the road. We wouldn't have had the fire that destroyed the base of the slab wall several years ago.


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By AD_Ange
Jan 13, 2014

These guys are organizing cleanups.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/curraheecleanup/


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By Ezra Ellis
Jan 13, 2014

I was up there with Allan.
There were many people there, wasn't safe to trundle.
Climbing is frigging dangerous, climb at your own risk.

I am not responsible for trundling every block I see, and certainly won't loose sleep if it were sadly to injure some one.
Every time you climb a loose block may end you, period.


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