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By Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
Dec 9, 2013
Me at the good rest on Doggie Do

Hey there

I was curious if everything below the tree on p8 (supertopo) raps with a single 70 or 80. A friend recently climbed the route and said the anchors in the gulley were super jingus. I appreciate your help!


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By Dobson
From Butte, MT
Dec 9, 2013

Those crappy gully anchors were one of the most memorable parts of the climb. There's always at least one good(ish) piece. The last two pitches and the ridge were very cool too.

If you don't top out, Touchstone is just a rock climb. Go to the top and do the rappels for the full adventure. That's my recommendation, at least.


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By jeff lebowski
Dec 9, 2013

For these longish aid/free climbs, rapping the route is kinda bad form IMO.

Bring some spare webbing if you're worried about the gully raps.


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By Dan L
From Moab, UT
Dec 9, 2013
First Ascent

I just climbed Touchstone. The rap anchors in the gully were all in perfectly good condition and it didn't take that long at all (about an hour). Just rap the gully with one 60m. Supertopo has precise descent beta.

I also thought about rapping the route, but the upper anchors on the route are not that super and have no rap links. You would have to provide a good amount of webbing and a few quicklinks.

As for rapping the route with a single 70 or 80...
I remember the 5th pitch being super long ~165 ft, so probably not.


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