Rappelling El Capitan


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'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 5, 2013 - 11:17am PT
I think Chris is a real Standup Guy to come here and tell everyone exactly what happened. Kind of like a confessing your sins to the entire world, and then being willing to accept the consequences. That takes a lot more balls than climbing or rapping El Cap.

And like any "accident report", giving others the opportunity to read it and learn from it can help prevent similar future problems.

"Everything you say can and WILL be used against you. oh and cops lie .. they are TRAINED to."

It was disturbing for me to learn that not only are cops trained to lie, and that they are allowed to lie to you in order to get you to say something stupid to incriminate yourself, but it is against the law for you to lie to them!

Accordingly, the only response is to SAY NOTHING. And you Merricans really need to be aware of your Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights and exercise them.

Anyway, good luck, Chris. Maybe you should consider starting on El Cap the old fashioned way, at the bottom and working your way up? Come help me fix some pitches this fall. I still don't have any climbing partners lined up, and would like to do a couple walls - one starting mid-September and another starting early October. Need to get my 50th El Cap route done!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Aug 5, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Tip of the iceberg, Pete. Just imagine what goes on in a high profile case, where there's no actual evidence but enormous public pressure to put somebody away. Only thing to do is, round up the usual suspects, accuse them all, then get them to blame it on the same guy. He may not have done it, but its gets a 'bad guy' off the street and satisfies the public outcry.

Big Wall climber
Aug 23, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Accidents in North American Mountaineering has the report on the rescue. It mentions supertopo.com as a source of information on the rescue.

Page 40

Ice climber
Aug 28, 2013 - 10:18am PT
I like the first line in their analysis:

"Space in Accidents does not permit a full description and analysis of this incident"
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Aug 28, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
Top two threads on supertopo since I've been here, are this one, and Mark Hudon's live feed from Iron Hawk. And now an important message from the corporate motivation department:

Credit: Don Paul
The Fist

Trad climber
Aug 28, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
I know this is perhaps a little off-topic, but I really need to know the answer to this vexing image: Cosmiccragsman the photo you post of Mr. Rohrer captioned 'Tom the mad bolter,' is the blond gal standing behind him his daughter, and if not how did you convince him to go out in drag and how come he appears decades younger? Photoshop?

Just really curious, and thank you.
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