South Ifidi Pinnacle (E/13) Drakensberg

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AllisterFenton
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South Ifidi Pinnacle (E/13) Drakensberg

Post by AllisterFenton » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:33 am

Hi

Heading out to climb South Ifidi Pinnacle (E) this weekend. Any recommendations for the rack? I'm thinking of going quite light as I'm pretty confident and a strong trad climber: 1 rope, a few draws, 5 cams (BD .4 - 2), 7 or 8 nuts, 2 hexes.

My real questions are about the approach and descent.

The rd says we will need to ab in (leaving a 50m rope fixed) and use that rope to ascend back to the escarpment. Would we be able to scramble around (up and down) in decent time or would the hassle of carrying the extra rope and gear to leave be more worthwhile than trying to scramble around? If we do leave the rope, how much prussiking is required and would jumars be a better plan?

Would we be able to do the descent abseils with a single 60? The longest pitch is 25m.

Thanks

Allister

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Re: South Ifidi Pinnacle (E/13) Drakensberg

Post by Neil » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:51 pm

Hi

We did the North Pin many years back. This is perhaps a better line. Leaving a rope is much easier, the alternative to go across to the pass is a loooong way around. We prussic up but jumas better. The way down was a bit iced up, Ice tools an option on top rope as an extra, but not reliable ice.

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