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Googlymoogly

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 24, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
I will be in Yosemite for a day or two in the next few weeks. The climbing partner I am going with isn't ready to attempt climbing The Nose but we have talked about rappelling down it (I have seen videos and heard of people doing it via the Nose descent anchors). I am not a stranger to multi pitch climbing or rappels but still want to see if anyone has more info or advice since it isn't a common endeavor. I have read the Tom Rohrer guide but it is geared to doing it when the descent route with bolted raps wasn't established yet. Any thoughts?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 24, 2012 - 06:29pm PT
Don't do it.

You come to ST and the very first thing you post is about rappelling arguably the best free climb in the world?

Go back to the gym, and practice your rappelling there....YOSAR has enough to do.
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 24, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
Sounds epic!

One thing is for sure




















wait for it


















































you know what is coming




































the best things take time















































and Locker spacing






























































YOU'RE GONNA DIE!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jul 24, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
A day or two easily gives you enough time to go climb something, why not do that rather than rappel something?
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Jul 24, 2012 - 06:38pm PT
I personally find rappelling Repellent!!!
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 24, 2012 - 06:45pm PT
Bring some extra brake bars.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jul 24, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
"Bring some extra brake bars."










AND, 2, 3,200 foot ropes so you can pull your ropes down afterward
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:17pm PT
MisterE - PERFECT. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
If u wanna go "down" el cap
.... Bring a parachute....
Any other way is.. Ummm... It just isn't
WBraun

climber
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:21pm PT
Any competent well round climber can do it, rappel the Nose.

Piss easy.

Grossman used to do it for booty hunting.

Yer all wankers for trying to blow this guy off .....
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
check the books first--there may be a speed record for you to break. cosmic is right--long ropes will be the ticket. 3,200 feet is a bit much, but 500 would be reasonable, and possibly manageable. blue water, edelrid--all kinds of sponsorship possibilities. you'll encounter a party or two on the way up, possibly getting quite belligerent--be sure to arm yourselves; you can get plenty of advice about that on here.

el cap has had its share of BASE jumps, but i don't think it's had a ski descent yet. ekat?
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
MisterE - PERFECT. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!


 Total epic cliffhanger… Thanks Mister E!!!
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
el cap has had its share of BASE jumps, but i don't think it's had a ski descent yet. ekat?

One of the first jumps was in fact a ski jump: Rick Sylvester.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
randisi, a ski jump, especially one involving parachuting, is not a ski descent.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:28pm PT
So you want to know if someone committed suicide on skis off El Cap?
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
if death results, it wouldn't be considered a successful ski descent.
OR

Trad climber
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:36pm PT
Remember that awful rap accident in the late 80's. A caving club I think. They were rapping elcap and sombdy did not have enough brake bars in their set up. Werner would know.


Have fun if you do it though really. Its not my thing but it would be a cool way to see the capitan if you were not able to climb it.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
OR, Flanders and I witnessed that incident while climbing the Freeblast. It was not pretty. Oh, and it was early 90's.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
Rap the Cap?

Great Googley-Moogley, Guglielmucci!
OR

Trad climber
Jul 24, 2012 - 07:50pm PT
I heard there was quite a few witnesses.. Wow, I was there 91-94 but I always thought it was b4 my time.
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