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Though kinda the opposite of climbing, as it were, this seemed like the most logical place for these videos.
My friend Jesse and I went on one of our excursions down another section of the Cumberland Escarpment today. Many of our outings are canyoneering runs, but this time we decided to cross the ravine and do a long rappel from an exposed buttress. We could see there was a 10-20ft wide shelf about half way down, so we knew we could rig a second drop if needed from there.
This first video was taken at the top as we were setting the rope and pull-down system.
About 40 feet into the first drop I stopped and locked off my descender so I could get a video from the wall. The first section of the wall down to the shelf turned out to be about 135ft. about 20ft shy of the shelf, the pull down line ran out, so I had to lock off again and retrieve some webbing from my pack to add onto the line.
Once we mad it to the mid point, we determined that we needed to rig a second anchor point, so we pulled down the rope and moved over about 40ft to set off of a nice solid oak. At this point the sun is westering, and we take extra caution as we work in the exposed location.
The final stretch turned out to be 120ft; we were thrown of in our estimation by another ledge about 40ft from the actual base of the cliff. But we knew we had plenty of length to get us all the way down, so the conservative guess wasn't an issue.
Certainly, this wasn't as challenging as scaling the face from the bottom, but exploring these places and making a few long raps sure is a lot of fun!