Nov 29, 2010, 3:05 PM
Registered: Jun 30, 2002
i've actually heard that she was on the Friar, not Johnny Vegas, which would make sense given the comments in the thread and alot for the 50' fall- the final pitch on that route is psychotically dangerous- no (or marginal if you can hang on long enough) pro, overhanging climbing on fragile holds, very high consequences. The one time i led it, i got to the top and wondered what was wrong with me.
if she was on JV, the only plausible pitch where one could take that kind of a fall if a hold broke would be the pitch bypassing the roof (pitch 3). there is no gear there, either.
If true, although I appreciate runout climbs as much as the next person and tend to run the shit out of climbs in Red Rocks, even when pro is there, you locals should look and evaluate possibly adding a bolt....or 2.
When I first read the story, it said that she took a 50 footer on Solar slab. Solar Slab? I figured "user error". Based on your info, it looks like perhaps not. In either case, its damn sad. However, if she was on the Friar as you say and there was no pro to be had, another fatality there next week, next month or next year would be a needless travesty.
(This post was edited by billcoe_ on Nov 29, 2010, 3:06 PM)