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#66835 - 10/26/12 10:06 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: donald perry]
Roy Kligfield Offline
stranger

Registered: 03/16/10
Posts: 16
Loc: Boulder, CO
Just to set the record straight after all these years, I never put in a bolt on Scarea Area. It must have been added subsequent to the ascent of the first pitch, which we did entirely without bolts. Hence the name of the climb. Hope this helps clear up the issue.

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#67931 - 04/24/13 01:44 AM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: Roy Kligfield]
SethG Offline
old hand

Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 713
Loc: NYC
I just want to let you all know: the Westward Ha tree is totally dead.
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#67932 - 04/24/13 01:03 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: SethG]
KathyS Offline
member

Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 196
Loc: NY, USA
R.I.P. Westward Ha Tree. :^(

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#67943 - 04/25/13 08:34 AM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: SethG]
Mike Rawdon Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/29/99
Posts: 4276
Loc: Poughkeepsie
Originally Posted By: SethG
I just want to let you all know: the Westward Ha tree is totally dead.


But it's still nice & strong...right? smirk

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#67946 - 04/25/13 01:12 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: Mike Rawdon]
KathyS Offline
member

Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 196
Loc: NY, USA
Are you going to take your ice tools over there, Mike? wink

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#67949 - 04/25/13 02:17 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: Mike Rawdon]
cfrac Offline
addict

Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 462
Originally Posted By: Mike Rawdon
Originally Posted By: SethG
I just want to let you all know: the Westward Ha tree is totally dead.


But it's still nice & strong...right? smirk


The tree is massive so it's not likely that the weight of someone rapping off it would be enough to pull it down, however it doesn't look like the roots go very deep and it's my guess that a windy day will bring it down. As others have said it's easy enough to build an anchor anywhere else along the cliff and rap off of it. I think it's best to build gear anchors rather than start using another tree since if a new tree becomes the standard rap it will most likely suffer the same fate as the original.

On another note I will be giving a slideshow about Millbrook at Rock & Snow Friday May 3rd 8pm.

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#68032 - 05/07/13 12:38 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: cfrac]
Lucander Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 04/03/09
Posts: 227
Loc: Stone Ridge, NY
I hiked out there Saturday to check out the situation. There's an option to build a gear anchor on the same ledge as the rap tree. Easily "boulder" up 2-3' and get at least two good pieces (.5-.75 camalot). Another foot or two up is an bigger but irregularly shaped horizontal that will take bigger (#2 and larger cams) gear.

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