the first leg, Damon was the leader. Somebody anchored us, and we all
grabbed our section of rope and hoisted up. Quite an effort, I must
wore his Santa Claus hat. Most everything else besides the gardening
rake was in my backpack. When they took up the slack rope, Andy cried
out, "AAAaaaa! I knew I shouldn't have threaded it through my
first leg went rather slow, considering how easy it was. I was somewhere
in the middle of the party. ...
took our first break at a ledge around a tree on the right hand side,
and we waited for the others to make it. Actually, we'd not just climbed
to the tree. We'd made it across on a rope strung from one point to
the tree, because we'd come straight up to the point, and there was
a huge cavernous gap between ourselves and the ledge. Soon, though,
everyone had forded it, and we rested and sang cheery songs before
taking off once again upwards.
time, someone else led the way, probably Don. No. It was Trotsky.
We made him toss the grappling Spam towards the next ledge, but he
kept missing. So we got Damon to do it instead. He had better luck.
Or was it Paul? Well, one of them did it, and we headed up again.
we'd had some misfortune. Dave had lost his shoe, but I caught it
on the way down and then dropped it again, and Jake ended up catching
it this time. Lucky for him, eh? But we couldn't return it until the
was when Trotsky started having problems. He got tangled up in the
rope, and Paul had to climb back down and help him out. We almost
lost both of them; they were hanging onto each other and the rope
by very flimsy grips. But, when Don went down and steadied them both,
they managed to pull themselves back up. Ahhh! Close one, eh?
this point, someone looked up at Ian and noticed that he was standing
upright, watching the goings on. We pointed out that the gravity was
going to pull him downwards to certain death, and he plunged, luckily
catching a rope on the way down.
made the second ledge, and I acted as anchor point for the next one,
up to a small tree. More troubles with Paul, but he straightened them
out before strangling in the rope, and we made the next checkpoint.
we established Base Camp A, under a severe overhang too difficult
to comprehend without a preliminary rest. We took another break.