Turret Rappel?

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Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 12, 2018 - 08:33pm PT
Is there a recently updated topo or description of the Turret Rappel route off the top of Ho Chi Minn Trail? I've been up DNB and North Buttress. Never been up the Ho. Familiar with the terrain. It looks like a bunch of features that might have super sketchy slings - is that the case?

Thanks
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Jun 12, 2018 - 09:00pm PT
Will Clint please pick up the white courtesy phone?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jun 12, 2018 - 11:15pm PT
The slings could be old in places, so just bring some webbing, right?
The topo in the guidebook is good.
The trickiest part is off the left end of Tree Ledge.
You have to find the right tree to rap from,
and you go down a steep wall, aiming for a tree in an offwidth.

My son climbed the Ho a few weeks ago and descended via the Katwalk - it's simpler if you are up there in daylight.

The Turret rap route is mainly a way to bail out if you are too tired when you reach the Turret and don't want to do the last 4 pitches.
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2018 - 09:41am PT
Thanks so much. Good to know there's an out if we start slowing down higher up. But it sounds like we would be leaving a large swath of cord behind.

To rap the Turret - i'm guessing it would require two 60m lines (don't have the topo in front of me at the moment). I recall seeing some 150' stretches.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jun 13, 2018 - 02:25pm PT
Yes, the longest raps are 150'.
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