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PINTAC and Longbranch

Discussion in 'Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group' started by RAM, May 26, 2010.

  1. RAM

    RAM Guest

    Both these difficult canyons received a descent this week. PINTAC on the 22nd and Longbranch on the 24th.

    PINTAC was descended by Aaron Ramras, Steve Brezovec and Jason Kaplan. They spent 4.5 hours of hard stemming to complete the whole canyon (all 3 sections) in an 11 hour car to car trip. They reported long and difficult up climbs, twice the size of those in Glaucoma. At the top of the up climbs they found vertical walls, making rest stops difficult. They report that there were several rest spots at the canyon floor, before long ups again. They downclimbed the 2 rappels in the middle section of the canyon. They needed to reconstruct and rebuild the 2 anchors below the tech section. Reports from the participants were that this was the most physical canyon any of them had done. They set water caches at some of the entry/exits and had a grand time

    Longbranch was descended yesterday by the same 3 folks, with Landon Michaels joining them. They spent an hour in the upper narrows, 2.5 hours in the lower sections stemming section and 2 hours relaxing and splashing in the pothole section just before the final rap. The top of the upper narrows had an insecure stemming section on poor rock with moki marbles, but the rest of the section was easier. They report that the final keeper at the release from the top section had lower water than Nat had experienced and a natural bridge was revealed that allowed a few of the folks to avoid a difficult bypass. The famed "Green Room" was visited in the lower section. A wide silo was passed and the canyon became more difficult, before releasing them into the potholes. Water was cached between the sections and wetsuits were lowered into the canyon, both on the the approach hike. The trip took a little under 10 hours car to car.

    Congratulations to the participants on descents of these difficult, dangerous and infrequently visited slots. Aaron reports taking over 100 photos in each canyon and I for one look forward to a peek into these hidden sanctuaries from the safety of my arm chair, some time in June after he returns.

    Ram
  2. stefan

    stefan Guest

    kudos to everyone on the successful descents! i am looking forward to the photos/reports as well, esp having heard and read about these slots of legend and intensity for sometime now.

    for anyone interested, nat's trip reports for these canyons are up on canyon tales at the following links

    http://www.math.utah.edu/~sfolias/canyontales/tale/?i=longbranch (2007) http://www.math.utah.edu/~sfolias/canyontales/tale/?i=pintac (2005)

    nat also makes some useful comparisons with other difficult stemming slots for perspective.

    steve allen and friends have the first recorded descents of long branch (1992) and pintac (1996 partial/1997 full)

    stefan

    On May 26, 2010, at 7:36 AM, RAM wrote:

    > Both these difficult canyons received a descent this week. PINTAC on > the 22nd and Longbranch on the 24th.
    PINTAC was descended by Aaron Ramras, Steve Brezovec and Jason > Kaplan. They spent 4.5 hours of hard stemming to complete the whole > canyon (all 3 sections) in an 11 hour car to car trip. They reported > long and difficult up climbs, twice the size of those in Glaucoma. > At the top of the up climbs they found vertical walls, making rest > stops difficult. They report that there were several rest spots at > the canyon floor, before long ups again. They downclimbed the 2 > rappels in the middle section of the canyon. They needed to > reconstruct and rebuild the 2 anchors below the tech section. > Reports from the participants were that this was the most physical > canyon any of them had done. They set water caches at some of the > entry/exits and had a grand time
    Longbranch was descended yesterday by the same 3 folks, with Landon > Michaels joining them. They spent an hour in the upper narrows, 2.5 > hours in the lower sections stemming section and 2 hours relaxing > and splashing in the pothole section just before the final rap. The > top of the upper narrows had an insecure stemming section on poor > rock with moki marbles, but the rest of the section was easier. They > report that the final keeper at the release from the top section had > lower water than Nat had experienced and a natural bridge was > revealed that allowed a few of the folks to avoid a difficult > bypass. The famed "Green Room" was visited in the lower section. A > wide silo was passed and the canyon became more difficult, before > releasing them into the potholes. Water was cached between the > sections and wetsuits were lowered into the canyon, both on the the > approach hike. The trip took a little under 10 hours car to car.
    Congratulations to the participants on descents of these difficult, > dangerous and infrequently visited slots. Aaron reports taking over > 100 photos in each canyon and I for one look forward to a peek into > these hidden sanctuaries from the safety of my arm chair, some time > in June after he returns.
    Ram

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