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Kachoong is Arapiles' quintessential roof climb and perhaps the most photographed climb on the continent. Supposedly the name comes from the sound the rope makes if one falls from the crux...
Descend the gully and climb up the very steep, reachy orange wall to gain a decent stance under the roof. Take a breath and punch it out the flake to the lip, over, and up.
The best light is at sunrise, and, of course, there is a perfect photographer's ledge just across from the crux.
Light standard rack.
Obligatory shameless kanchoong photo. Sooo much fu...
Making the kachoong noise!
Byron Murray at the start of Kachoong.
Byron Murray clipping the pin.
Byron Murray pulling through...
Byron Murray at good holds above the roof.
|By Byron Murray|
Mar 20, 2008
A rap station is now set up for the photographer so bring an extra rope. The station has two bolts and you rap down ~15 meters to the perfect picture spot.
|By Fat Dad|
From: Los Angeles, CA
Dec 17, 2008
Back in the 80s, I climbed extensively with An Aussie whose home base was Arapiles. He said the name was from the sound of a rock dropping into a deep pool of water (or, to stay in the vernacular, a billabong).
|By Jon Ruland|
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 25, 2009
holy crap! this thing is only 10c???111!!1!eleventy!!?? i want one. :(
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 26, 2009
No Jon, it's not just 10c. IT'S 10c friggin awesomeness!!! One of the coolest climbs around. Take prussics for both leader and second if you're not both solid though cuz you won't get back on otherwise if you come off.
[deep erie voice] go to arapiles jon... climb kachoong... party in the pines...
Nov 8, 2011
easily one of the best routes in the world. i blew off the gear in the traverse out to the lip. set two bomber pieces where the head wall met the roof and went for it. just after pulling over the lip i had one of those lightning strike falls. my hands were sweaty and i just greased off. biggest fall of my life. got it on the second try. i was told kachung is the sound your femur makes when it breaks hitting the arete on the way down.