pu Posted September 9, 2012 Share Posted September 9, 2012 Trip: Chimney Rock - West Face Direct. West Side Girls (TR) Date: 9/9/2012 Trip Report: Did the west face direct yesterday with Dave Fulton. Good fun route right up the center of the west face. It's a little different than the usual lie back stuff on chimney. There's a short bit of off width and chimney type action. It protects well and is lots of fun. I suggest you bring a standard rack and one #4 friend or equivalent. RP's proved useful. On the way down we TR'd west side girls and twin cracks. I thought maybe a lead of west side girls would be sweet. The book suggests thin gear. I have lead on thin gear before. The book should say attempting to place gear is a waste of your time. Dave informed me that Burns "lead" aka free soloed this puppy with Dufford and Purdy way back when. Although it is fairly secure when PROPERLY stemmed it is committing. Good on ya Dane. Also, It appears the recent rock fall activity took out Black Cat and possibly the top of Bergs Breeze. Greystoke ledge has a fuck ton of death cookies on it that could stand to be trundled. Too much hiker traffic yesterday for us to safely mitigate that hazard. All in all it was another spectacular day at Chimney Rock. Perfect weather and some good theater. Go get it before it falls down. Gear Notes: RP's to #4 Friend. Approach Notes: West side hike. Easy. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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