>I'm a little confused about the approach and descent on this climb can
>someone help me.
Warning: Any of my past or current partners will tell you that whatever
direction I say it is, go the opposite. They are only half kidding. Caveat
>Is it easy to see the curving chimney?
I don't remember much of a chimney. The crack system is visible from quite a
distance, as is the huge black waterstreak way to the left of the route that
marks the face down which you rappel. The start of the route is near the start
of the big gully system leading up to the waterstreak.
>Also, to get to the climb you just do the CC approach, but how far up the
>hill do you have to hike?
It's a little shorter a hike than CC, and *slightly* less steep than the final
CC ramp at the end. You follow the same approach for most of the way but head
left just before you get to the final ramp that goes around the corner right to
>Will 1 rope get you down on the descent?
Only if it's a very, very long rope ;-) 2 ropes are required for the descent.
Note that the last 3 raps of the old rap route, which started from the "tree
of many slings" and continued to the "flake of many slings", etc. has just been
replaced by a new bolted rap route. From the top of GC, head back through the
gunsight, do one short rap (off slings) to the Ginger Bowl, scramble/walk down
to the top of the face with the waterstreak, and it's 3 raps from there, all
bolted. Check out the brand new climb as you rap down it: "Power
Failure"--it's destined to be a classic. P1: 5.9 face; P2: 10b crack/face; P3:
After the last rap, scramble down the gully to your packs.
I posted a short TR for GC earlier this year. I'm sure DejaNews will turn it
up or you can email me. And the old red Urioste Guide has a good
pitch-by-pitch description. (But *don't* bother looking for the "aromatic
plant" and *do* take care on the pitch which is described "wander up the rotten
face and crack". There's a death block or two up there.) But all things
considered, I thought it was a great route and, with only one bolt (and
generally no people) on it, it's much more of an adventure than CC.
Wendy "Honorary Red Rock Local" Joseph
P.S. Gary if you read this please correct me if I am wrong!