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Higgovale Rock Fall

Small rock fall at Higgovale Crag in Cape Town.  ‘We anticipated the fall, and were able to video it accordingly. We cleared the loosed rubble behind it (less dramatically) and there was about 200kgs of rock.’

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Higgovale Rock Fall

6 Responses to Higgovale Rock Fall

  1. Justin Lawson May 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    It almost doesn’t look planned! Good acting :)

  2. Margherita May 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    It nearly took your foot off there Warren :P

  3. Warren Gans May 28, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    What you don’t see in the video is we had loosened it first, and chose to stop juuust short of it going for dramatic effect.

    Personally I think we should have done a long skit about how amazingly solid the rock is at this crag etc. Lol. Next time you there there is a large pile of rock across the path from the route. Happily it didn’t change the climbing of any of the routes.

    The roots from above are slowly pushing that flake out, and this was just the first part of that. there is a larger piece that will come off within the next couple years, but it is at ground level. We do need to attack it, because if it goes it WILL take out a belayer.

    We also inspected a few other loose looking things in that crack, and there is certainly more waiting to come off. We removed what we could, and I am not worried about what is still there in the short term.

  4. Ant May 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Warren and others,
    Remove stealthy death-blocks, but careful about taking away too much stuff. Taking blocks out only de-stabilizes the stuff around it and speeds up the loosening of the next piece.

  5. Warren Gans May 30, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Ant, Thanks for the lesson, however there was a large crowd of climbers at the base, and different options were debated accordingly and consensus was reached that removal was safer than leaving it.

    I believe that teetering things like that above should be removed before they cause serious harm. Perhaps we disagree, and if so I am happy to live like that. If you read above you will see that this is well publicized, and its location known. I have mentioned above that there are other features around that requiring attention in the future but are safe now. What you don’t see in the video is us removing all the remaining loose things this separation caused. Fundamentally here there is a root peeling slabs away. This has nothing to to with my meddling hands, but realities of rock vs tree.

  6. Ebert Nel Jun 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    that start could’ve gone so wrong. Glad the area is safe. Would hate to see a repeat of boven

    stay safe

    eT

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