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Approach beta for the Shield, from the top.
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Chris Wenker
Apr 25, 2012
Approach beta for the Shield, from the top.  
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
Last: Personally, I would just plan on rapping on my own rope as the typical damage can't be seen well until rapping part way down. And, for an emergency ascent (not that this is the only exit option in an emergency), it looks not unreasonable to free-solo up past where damage usually exists, but inspect the fixed rope on the way down to be sure. Oct 3, 2017
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
A few more thoughts: Next time the old static lines should be replaced with newer static lines, including for the rap. And the last couple times, the rap line was damaged in the last 20 feet; this is regardless of whether the intermediate tree is used as an anchor point. And maintenance of these ropes would ideally happen at the beginning of the open season (i.e., mid August). Oct 3, 2017
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
1 Oct 2017 - The existing fixed-lines were upgraded: Rap line is now a continuous single-line rap (~35 meters) w/ dynamic rope (static unavailable). Both hand lines now have the old static line backed up with just-installed dynamic line. All but one tree anchor have 1+ wrap around the trunk. And all tree anchors are closed with a rewoven figure 8 plus backup knot. Removed rope packed out. Oct 3, 2017

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Approach beta for the Shield, from the top.