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Rock Climbing Photo: About 3/4 way up the gargoyles.  The rope weaves o...
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By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jan 31, 2013
Damn does that look sketchy. Nice series of pictures John.
By John Peterson
Feb 5, 2013
Yeah - it was way sketchy! The snow alternated between mildly solid on the top of each gargoyle to totally rotten in the gaps. It was probably just as well we couldn't see all the way down. The big question in our minds was whether we had the guts to jump off one side if our partner fell off the other. Fortunately this never got put to the test.
By Mark Lewis
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 3, 2013
Intense and surreal! Nice job on the picture.
By Morgan Patterson
From: CT
Aug 6, 2013
By Andrew Carson
From: Wilson, WY
Dec 10, 2013
Surreal. Wonderful shot.
By Catherine Conner
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jan 26, 2014
That's crazy! Beautiful shot.
By madge
From: 1986 Toyota 4x4 P/U
Dec 12, 2014
I envy your skills. This is über sketchy......gets me all fired up! Amazing series of photos. Thx for sharing.
By Warbonnet
From: Utah, India and Cambodia
Dec 19, 2014
One of the best pics of Emperor Ridge I've seen. You are correct though: if one goes off one side, the other goes opposite.....need to get the head....and gear.... into preparing for that ride.
By pigsflyinsd
From: San Diego, CA
Sep 7, 2015
Spectacular. Thanks for sharing.
By Shawn Mitchell
From: Broomfield
Oct 24, 2015
Been a climber almost 40 years. A few big walls including A4 high on El Cap. Never done anything as horrifying as this.

Consider just one aspect of the Russian Roulette. Sure, if lead climber falls right or left, then No. 2 should jump the other direction, if he has the nerve. But what if instead of No. 1, the snow crumbles under No. 2 and he goes one way or the other? Lead climber won't see or be able to react until the rope pulls him.

If No. 3 sees No. 2 fall, and has the steel to dive opposite, will he have the gravity to keep No. 1 and and No. 2 from pulling him up and over?

I just never had what it takes for Alpine sketch. I like my rock anchors.
By jackkelly00
From: new hampshire
Mar 2, 2016
Proud accomplishment. Thanks for sharing.
By Nelson Di Paolo
From: Snellville
Oct 28, 2016
Dude! Insane!! Kudos, respect...
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About 3/4 way up the gargoyles. The rope weaves on alternate sides of the gargoyles - there are no other anchors.

Submitted By: John Peterson on Dec 19, 2012
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Emperor Ridge (5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b AI3 )
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