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Rope Cut/left on Crimson Chrysalis, 4/13

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Chris Duca · · Havertown, PA · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 2,095

Hi all--

I wanted to give all climbers attempting CC today the heads-up that yesterday, April 13th, my partner and I made the choice to abandon a large portion of our rope on the rappel after nightfall. It's about 1/3 of the way up, and is woefully stuck, presumably, on chicken heads, cracks, and/or varnished plates. It was a tough decision, but after retrieving the party's tag line in front of us several times, and up-climbing/down-leading to retrieve ours once, we were unable to free it.  The wind was whipping at about 40 mph, as well.  Type-2 fun. 

A few bail biners were left, so obviously, they're free for the taking, and as for the section of rope, it's practically new and, aside from it only being 35m now, is perfectly usable. It was a tough call on our part, but certainly not without deep consideration of all other safe options available to us.  

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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