To anyone who has been there *recently*,
Is there a knotted hand line at the short rappel above Toltec Beach? I ask, because I'm leading an out-and-back trek to Royal Arch, and I'd like to throw in a day hike to Elves Chasm before we retrace out steps from the Arch to the South Bass trailhead. Of course, that entails climbing back *up* the wall on the return hike from the river. The group has a disparate level of climbing skill, and I'm hoping a knotted hand line combined with top rope protection will suffice to get everyone safely back up the wall. Bringing ascenders, fooling with prusiks, etc. seems unnecessary and ill advised with this group. We'll have lightweight harnesses and some tasty Canyon Fire 8.3 rope for the rappeling and top rope action.
1. Does anyone know if the hand line is still there?
2. Has anyone actually done this?
Thanks in advance!
PS: Worst case scenario is we don't bring extra rope, the hand line is gone, and we don't get to see Elves Chasm. Not too big of a deal, really. Just a great reason to visit this spectacular part of GCNP again!