In all my years of climbing up and about on the red rocks I never embraced repelling off of them with a rebels yell. It’s soft sedimentary trickster rock for the most part, goes loose without warning, hand holds bust unannounced, …it’s a long way down to ugly hurtful brush, unforgiving hard rock.
Dangling off the sides of rock formations by ropes/slings, unless bolts, pins, anchors were newly set and doubled up and it was absolutely work related necessary, with a lot of trust for my workmate, was never enjoyable for me.
In the last few years I’ve observed an increase in young folks scaling/repelling the red beauties in Sedona, often without so much as a helmet. It’s high tourist season here . I’m hoping that those considering this sport while visiting Sedona will get a local Professional Guide who can assist in equipment/water you will need, know the area, supervise, guide you.
A safe and excellent day to each and everyone.
In response to WordPress Photo Challenge : Scale
New Oxford American Dictionary
verb [with object] 1 climb up or over (something high and steep): thieves scaled an 8-foot fence.2 represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale: (as adjective scaled) : scaled plans of the house.• [no object] (of a quantity or property) be variable according to a particular scale.3 North American estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree).
PHRASES: off the scale of or to a degree or level that is far in excess of what is normal or notionally measurable: meteorologists warned that conditions would be brutal, with soaring temperatures and humidity off the scale | viewing figures are likely to go off the scale because of all the hype.