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#62827 - 02/29/12 04:51 PM Millbrook Rap tree
RangerRob Offline
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I was out and about yesterday, and saw that the big white pine used to rap down over Westward Ha! is decidedly...unhealthy. Most of it's top has died and there are only 3 or 4 lateral branches with live needles on them. I wouldn't expect this crucial anchor tree to last through the year 2012. Which begs the question...what will replace it?

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#62831 - 02/29/12 09:41 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: RangerRob]
retroscree Online   content
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A pair of bolts with chains and Mussey hooks.

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#62833 - 02/29/12 11:51 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: retroscree]
rg@ofmc Offline
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Yeah, I noticed this last summer. I think the tree will be good for a while after it is dead, but of course you wouldn't want to find out the hard way that it is no good.

As for rapping down to the Death Ledge, there are scores of natural options. In keeping with the spirit of the place, just go out and find one if you don't already know a few. In addition to many excellent trees, one can set up bomber gear anchors and remove them on the way out.

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#62839 - 03/01/12 03:25 AM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: rg@ofmc]
RangerRob Offline
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Dammit Rich, there you go defusing another potential great controversy!

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#62840 - 03/01/12 03:30 AM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: RangerRob]
jakedatc Offline
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What about an elaborate rock staircase?

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#62841 - 03/01/12 02:43 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: jakedatc]
whatthegunks Offline
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This majestic tree has been on track to the other side for two years now. It's a long way from getting blown over and sent into the talus field below, but time will come. I support RG's idea about making an anchor to rap and then grabbing it on the way out, no need for Millbrook to come under the gun.

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#62842 - 03/01/12 02:57 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: whatthegunks]
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I know! A via ferrata:


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#62846 - 03/01/12 07:47 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: retroscree]
RangerRob Offline
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I'm actually totally with you you and Rich on this Joe. Super easy to build an anchor there, or most sections of the cliff acually

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#62848 - 03/01/12 08:17 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: RangerRob]
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Originally Posted By: RangerRob
I'm actually totally with you you and Rich on this Joe. Super easy to build an anchor there, or most sections of the cliff acually

Which is fine if you are OK with leaving an unattended anchor and $$ gear a few minutes of easy hiking from a lake that attracts a lot of people who are mostly non-climbers.

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#62849 - 03/01/12 08:18 PM Re: Millbrook Rap tree [Re: retroscree]
talus Offline
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Originally Posted By: retroscree
Originally Posted By: RangerRob
I'm actually totally with you you and Rich on this Joe. Super easy to build an anchor there, or most sections of the cliff acually

Which is fine if you are OK with leaving an unattended anchor and $$ gear a few minutes of easy hiking from a lake that attracts a lot of people who are mostly non-climbers.


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