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While it appears this climber is leading the fourth pitch of Tangerine...
While it appears this climber is leading the fourth pitch of Tangerine Trip, he is actually cleaning. This pitch climbs up about 60 feet then diagonals down and right to the belay. This section is very scary to clean.
Credit: William Zittrich

While it appears this climber is leading the fourth pitch of Tangerine Trip, he is actually cleaning. This pitch climbs up about 60 feet then diagonals down and right to the belay. This section is very scary to clean.

Credit: William Zittrich
 
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eagle

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
  Jun 2, 2010 - 06:04pm PT
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Lambone

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
  Jun 3, 2011 - 02:14pm PT
A while back my partner took a fall in this exact position while cleaning. The last piece before the anchor was a big fixed lost arrow that I penjid to the belay from. He was rigging a lower out on it and the arrow snapped in half, leaving a rusted half still in the crack.

I had his line tied into the upper anchor bolt with a clove hitch and that is what he fell onto. It completely welded the knot and we had to cut the rope to get it off the biner. Also, the cam of his gri-gri had completely flipped around on the rope pinching it severely, we had to smash it with a hammer to open it. Lucky he had taken his jugs off the rope right before the pin broke. I think this was nearly a factor two fall.

Be careful here folks!
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Max size: 500w x 445h
Uploaded: Feb 4, 2007
Upload by: Chris McNamara
Photo ID#: 122382
Route: Tangerine Trip, El Capitan
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