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Mountain climber
Feb 21, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
OP do you mind if I ask why you want to do this? There's so much else to climb...
Some Random Guy

In a chair, drinkin' a beer, watchin' the show
Feb 21, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
trip report please...

Trad climber
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Why do you want to rap?

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Erik has a brother from a different mother named, Googlymoogly.

Ask your Brother, Erik, He can give you some pointers on rapping.


As mentioned in previous posts; Do it from the bottom.
It's way more FUN, and safer.

If you do decide to rap, make sure you have everything you need to
get yourself out of a mess you might create.
Some Random Guy

In a chair, drinkin' a beer, watchin' the show
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
u might wanna read this first

The Warbler

the edge of America
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
I'd consider rapping the slabs just east of The Visor where the Regular Route and Direct finish, and then reversing the Thank God Ledge traverse to the top of the Zig Zags.

You are planning ahead, I assume, and not going up there til the cables are up, Right?

Never know with kids these days.....

Feb 22, 2013 - 12:20am PT
Werner said:
Whatever ... but if you fuk up either way or any way and need to be rescued you'll be out of $1000 or more immediately.

Is it me or does this sound like someone else talking? Maybe the LEO? I wonder if I tried to fight my violation if Werner's opinion that my partner screwed up would hold or if the LEO and others would "convince" him to change his tune.

But yeah, read the "Rappelling El Capitan" thread. If your partner decides they would prefer a full blown rescue to simply ascending a rope, you might be hosed too.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:01am PT
I agree with Kevin (warbler) that if I were rapping, I'd start on the slabs north of the Visor. If you're working the Zig-Zags, though, will a 70m rope suffice? The Zig-Zags start at Big Sandy, which is more tham one 70m rope would reach from Thank God Ledge, if I remember rightly (which, at my age, is unlikely).


Social climber
Mountain View, CA / Calgary, AB
Feb 22, 2013 - 03:44am PT
The Zig-Zags alone are more like 85-90 meters and there is a pitch above them (or two traversing ones to be precise), so altogether 110-120 meters from the top maybe? So to be clear, one rope is definitely not enough. But it has already been said above..

Trad climber
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
Screw that....Im rappin' that thing from top to bottom. Thinking of chartering a covert heli to take me to the top. How are the snow conditions? Can I ski the death slabs?

EDIT: If anyone hears someone yelling Googly Mooogly, that is my safe word and it means I need rescue. Come get me WBraun

Social climber
The internet
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
For fuk's sake you weezing wankers - he wants to preview the zig-zags for a free attempt.

I have heard 2x200' ropes end-end will make it, but you have to be swinging a bit or you'll be in space, just out from Big Sandy - but I have not done this myself.

The hard climbing in the Zig Zags is 4-5 moves. If you can't fire these on your second try, after a 3-5 min work session, after climbing up from the bottom - you're too weak to free the route, IMO. Previewing, therefore, is a waste of time and energy.


Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
Hey Werner.
If this TREND of rapping Big Walls continue,
you may have to get mor SAR Volunteers.

Does anyone know which route would be the best
if I wanted to Rap from the top of Glacier Point
Apron? I gotta find out for myself what the excitement is of rapping a Big Wall!


Feb 22, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
I'm thinking about rapping Monday Morning Slab. Should I take one helmet for the rockfall or two?

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 22, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
1 for each head

Social climber
Feb 22, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Isn't the glassy 11D dihedral also kind of a redpoint crux?
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Feb 22, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
I'm guessing he wants to do a photoshoot.

Like the Jimmy Chin shot on the National Geo cover.

Is this going to be a fashion shoot?? Lingere?

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Feb 22, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Seems like a couple days spent climbing hard, sustained right-facing tips corners would be a better use of one's energy.
erik fischer

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
Thanks everyone for all the feedback. My favorite was the Super Bowl shuffle. I'll make sure I have that one dialed before I go to valley!

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Feb 24, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
I suppose if you do it now it would not be interfering with ground up parties. If I was coming from the ground and came upon a party working the zig zags from the top I would not be impressed. Why don't you put in some milage on routes of similar difficulty then have a go from the ground.
Scott Thelen

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Feb 24, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Why not just climb the route? It's not that hard to get up to the Zig Zags.

Seems like bad style and a way to slow everyone else down.
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