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Offline Tito

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Touchstone Wall mandatory free climbing beta request.
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:31:18 am »
Howdy all,
I'm heading out to Zion between Xmas and New Years and I'm hoping to get on something weather permitting.  I was wondering if anyone might have insight into mandatory free climbing on Touchstone.  I'll be rope soloing with a SP and I'd just like to get my head around what free climbing is necessary versus what most folks do when climbing as a team.  I tend to be very cautious free climbing when soloing (ie. I'd rather avoid it if possible and stick to 5.7 and under if necessary).
Thanks in advance

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Re: Touchstone Wall mandatory free climbing beta request.
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2012, 08:33:50 am »
The last 2 pitches. There's a huge tree to anchor from, walk right and mantle up and the route traverses back left to the tree protected by bolts. There's also webbing in the tree as it looks like someone climbed the tree and stemmed across. Bolted anchor. Then run-out 5.7 slab. You get gear but not very good gear to another mantel.

I was told after by the FFA team to not top out and rappel the route vs. rap'n the gully. Which with a pig/ledge the gully will fuck you proper. We got our rope stuck luckily ONCE. If it rains your inside a bowling field.
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Re: Touchstone Wall mandatory free climbing beta request.
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 05:52:15 am »
Thanks for the beta, I kind of figured that was the case.  At this point I have little intent to rap the gully, but I won't have a ledge or be hauling.   

I'm also curious to know if a 70 m rope will reach the ground from the top of pitch 2.