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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 24, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
We watched him go all the way.......
coloradohigh

Trad climber
rocky mountain trench
Jul 24, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
Why rap when you can hitch a ride on Honold mobile, it departs every two hours.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 24, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
AND, 2, 3,200 foot ropes so you can pull your ropes down afterward


HAHAAHAHAHAHAA
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jul 24, 2012 - 11:25pm PT
Even if you are experienced and skilled as a climber and at rappelling, you may not be ready for the 3,000+ feet of exposure. After hiking 8 miles to the top with all that gear, you look over the edge, and your mind can light up in a sort of fire fight.
Hummerchine

Trad climber
East Wenatchee, WA
Jul 24, 2012 - 11:40pm PT
Werner:

RIGHT ON!
Silver

Gym climber
Jul 24, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
While I think the op should do what he wants I think he would be better served for a rap day doing Middle Earth and rapping the lower falls.


It's apparently A very good time.

Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Jul 24, 2012 - 11:51pm PT
An alternative might be rapping from the Lost Arrow notch. Or better, partner up with a team and see if you can do a reverse Tyrolean traverse of the Arrow Spire and rap down from there.

Then link up with the Middle Earth descent. You could camp half way.
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Jul 25, 2012 - 12:01am PT
I have rappelled the Nose, at least the top part down to the bottom of the great roof. Roper and I were setting up rigging for Glen Denny's El Cap movie. We were to be paid 30 dollars apiece per day (low budget 60's movie) so we thought it best to use two days and bivy at camp 6. Lowering the pig sure beats hauling.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Jul 25, 2012 - 12:01am PT
Werner, I hear we're all wankers anyway.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 25, 2012 - 12:38am PT
Wow, are people really advocating rappelling the Nose for fun? If you are scoping the wall, maybe it makes sense.

Rappelling kills more people than actually climbing.

What is the point? Are you practicing for a big retreat?

Sorry Werner, but why would you want to encourage this? I was in the Valley when John Mokri died. Struck a nerve.

Peace
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Jul 25, 2012 - 12:58am PT
Well, I'd say prolly 50% of the parties setting out to climb El Cap end up rapping so why not just cut to the chase?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 25, 2012 - 12:59am PT
Good idea. Make sure you let Tom E know of your plans, and parade on the bridge before and afterward. He'll surely report, and may appreciate the novelty.
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Jul 25, 2012 - 01:35am PT
Do it Bay to Breakers style in a salmon costume and bring an air horn so folks get out of your way.
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 25, 2012 - 01:37am PT
Ha! Grossman outed as a big-wall booty gatherer! Fits with his fearless demeanor.

That is great history there. Thanks Werner.
Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Jul 25, 2012 - 01:39am PT
Sorry Werner, but why would you want to encourage this?

Things must be slow at YOSAR.

Curt
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Jul 25, 2012 - 01:46am PT
You guys talking about the "Speedlunker" It was Sept. 92'

We watched him go all the way.......

Curious how you saw him from the free blast when that guy whiped from the top of the Dawn wall? Were you able to see him crater next to Lay Lady ledge from over there on the free blast?
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 25, 2012 - 01:58am PT
I remember Mom telling me a story about a climber rappelling off the end of his rope in the early 70's on El Cap?
She always said that if he had tied a knot in the end of his rope(s), it would have never happened. I also recall how she said it shocked the climbing community of the time and that he was a well-respected climber. Crap. I wish my memory was better.

Just a random memory from the deep past. Anyone remember who that was?
Salamanizer

Trad climber
The land of Fruits & Nuts!
Jul 25, 2012 - 03:09am PT
You can rap it, why not? I wouldn't but who cares what you do.

Main thing to consider is, if you get a rope stuck... you're fukked.


Rap the Lost Arrow rap route. It's pretty strait forward, exposed and has little obstacles with which to get your rope stuck. I've descended it twice, once in pitch black.
bullfrog

Trad climber
Jul 25, 2012 - 03:17am PT
Do it Bay to Breakers style in a salmon costume and bring an air horn so folks get out of your way.

I can't argue with this.



martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Jul 25, 2012 - 06:54am PT
I remember in the 70's there was this guy who put up the rap route on the nose. He would hang around camp four sometimes. Can't remember his name but I don't think he climbed anything, just was focused on rapping the nose. Odd dude.

Marty
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