Inside chimney all the way up Reed's Pinnacle?

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nutjob

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 24, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
In another thread, Roger said this:

Hey Kevin,

Regarding your comment on tunneling behind the Reed's 2nd pitch, there is no room for a headlamp. In any case you can see the faint outlines of the chockstones from below on the reflected light coming in from the sides. I think I could turn my head in all sections. I don't think you would want to trail a rope.

I've heard about this before, and now I'm more curious. Is this the starting point for the full-on spelunking version of the 2nd pitch?



You just head on up into the blackness? If so, Crikey! I've got a new affliction.
So should I lube up in olive oil, drop the harness, and tie the lead rope to my ankle or what?

Edit: Roger, what was your chest measurement in those days?

2nd Edit: Is it all squeeze, or does it widen up to where you can fall out if you exhale?
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 24, 2010 - 07:40pm PT
That's the start of the "route" .

Supposedly.


Only one way to find out for sure!
nutjob

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2010 - 07:41pm PT
Well, you know I'll give it a shot next time I'm in the vicinity. Sweet lord help us.

Calling le_bruce, we've got a less committing mission on the radar. You bring the Crisco. The #10 can should be enough.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 24, 2010 - 07:42pm PT
TR please.

Don't forget the flash.

mark miller

Social climber
Reno
Jun 24, 2010 - 07:51pm PT
Looks like Guano direct, but you won't have any crowds.
caughtinside

Social climber
Davis, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 07:58pm PT
that doesn't look good for you boys. You need to get a pint sized Crack Weasel to deploy in there.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:02pm PT
Methinks this is a poor idea. Can you get out at the top?
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:08pm PT
Didya ever chimney through behind Reed's Pinnacle to the Left side last pitch?

Remember that black hole below your feet that you didn't want to fall into?

HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:08pm PT
you ARE a nutjob!
Don't get into anything you can't slither back out of.
aspendougy

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:08pm PT
It would be wiser to do the regular thing outside, then when you get to the top of the chimney, see what it looks like, if you can actually get out at the top, maybe explore it going down. That way if you reach a point where it's too small, just come back up.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:14pm PT
Just don't make a move you can't reverse.

And don't wear bulky clothing.

A one piece lycra suit would be ideal.

Maybe some kneepads.

Maybe not.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:17pm PT
The only person I know of who's done it was a small Englishman.

To be exact, the only one who's done it and reported back.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:19pm PT
A wager is possibly in order.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:23pm PT
That way if you reach a point where it's too small, just come back up.
Nope
Bad advice. Slithering down into a narrows can get you REALLY stuck because you've got to fight gravity and find purchase to get out.
Been there
Done that (different tunnel at Reed's)
It took two really good guys to get me out again.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:31pm PT
^ ^
That makes sense
Jingy

Social climber
Nowhere
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:33pm PT
"hey officer... leave my friend alone... He's legally drunk!"




That pitch is a bitch... But I made it through the tunnel... Barely.

For a moment I started to panic... thought I (129 pounder) was gonna get stuck...



Prod

Trad climber
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:43pm PT
You look way too big for that hole.

Prod.
Alexey

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:45pm PT
hey Scott , are you bigger than le_bruce? So if he squeeze it does not mean that you'll pass this place?
The good thing that narrowest part should be near Reed's direct hole [as I remember from climbing
reeds left and and looking in this deep chimney] and if you pass via begining part a you should be OK afterall.
le_bruce

climber
Oakland: what's not to love?
Jun 24, 2010 - 10:00pm PT

Pass, friendo - that idea scares me. Next time I'm at Reed's I'm doing Independent Route.

What about Irene? She's smaller than you, she's Italian, she's a scientist: send her up it.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 24, 2010 - 10:41pm PT
This thread is heinous. The 'getting stuck' musings are making me wanna double my medications.
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