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 Post subject: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:28 am 
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Hi All,

The Ledges guidebook suggests abseiling at the end of pitch 3 of India Rubber (on the Right side of Venster Buttress). Is there a fixed ab station with bolts? ... or what?

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 Post subject: Re: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:39 am 
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Hi Jose

The walk-off around the back of India Rubber is also a good option. Its actually really easy and quick.

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 Post subject: Re: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:10 pm 
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Hi ChainedFreeSpririt,

Thanks - Is it fairly obvious to find?

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 Post subject: Re: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:39 pm 
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Heya Jose

Its been awhile since I've done India Rubber, but from what I can remember, yes... But then again we had Errol Flint with us and he is a walking guide book! :mrgreen: I don't think is was a path as such, but just a rather obvious downward scramble round the back of the buttress - very easy and we were done so quickly.

Use the new path up to Venster Buttress http://climb.co.za/news_detail.asp?newsid=912 when you walkin as India Rubber is more-or-less as you round the corner of the buttress. The walk-off connects to this path again and gets you back to base... You will find one of those cool little plaques indicating the start of India Rubber. :)

Also, we did a fun variation on the 1st pitch that you should try - makes the 1st pitch a bit more fun! Here is a photograph of the variation (sorry, its not the greatest photograph, but will help identify the line):


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 Post subject: Re: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:40 pm 
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Hi Jose

Forget the abseil! Climb to the top, in good old-fashioned style, and then walk down the India Venster path back to the new path which leads to the start.


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 Post subject: Re: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:46 pm 
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Is that you? - Margherita? - Happy New Year!

Thanks for your advice. I hope to climb it soon with a friend that is also a beginner trad leader (like myself) - so getting as much route, approach and descent info (I specially worry about descents) about each new climb ...well ... uh ... helps settle the nerves! - thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:50 pm 
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Thanks, Richard.

Dries and I are having a blast - thanks for the reccommended routes. We aim to pick them off, one-by-one (and all).

Cheers,

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 Post subject: Re: India Rubber
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:07 pm 
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Heya Jose

Yep its me :mrgreen: Happy New Year to you too!! :wink:

Oh and what I forgot to mention is that we did 4 pitches in total. So yeah, climb to the top... and as Richard says, you eventually get back onto the India Venster path - although as I said we did a bit of a scramble down.

As you can see the last pitch has a nice little airy start :D but its easy!

Enjoy!!!


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