A very, very, very long rope is coming to El Capitain

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'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jul 7, 2013 - 11:53am PT
I've done lots of caving with Peter Bosted in Roppel Cave, although not for a few years. He certainly never mentioned anything about a rapping accident on El Cap.
WBraun

climber
Jul 7, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
Rapping accident on El Cap.

You should have been there and seen the end result of that one.

Sick .....
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 7, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
Rapping accident on El Cap.

You should have been there and seen the end result of that one.

Sick .....

I second that! (or maybe I firsted it?)

The day Blanchard blasted off, there was a kid running around the base with a piece of the guy's skull, sitting on a sheet of aluminum foil . . . he was just walking up to total strangers - thrusting it under their noses and going off about it. . . ten kinds of proud, as if he'd found an arrowhead or something.

There was a very, very long period in my life where scenes such as that wouldn't have even caused me to flinch - and my TechnicolorDeadGuyGallery is voluminous - but I hadn't been in the trenches for a while, when that one came down. . . and. . . well. . . yes, WonderBrawn. . . the word SICK sums it up perfectly!





crunch

Social climber
CO
Jul 7, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
I've done lots of caving with Peter Bosted in Roppel Cave, although not for a few years. He certainly never mentioned anything about a rapping accident on El Cap.

No, he was not involved in any accident as far as I know.

My recollection is (though I may have this wrong) that he was first to do the one-rope El Cap rappel. All went smoothly.

It's been a while since I last saw him. He sure does get around some wild caves to this day. A sort of caving version of Fred Beckey.
jaaan

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Jul 7, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
@ Crunch

Hey Jaan, nice photo of Nick Donnelly!

Yeah, you must have known him... here's another:

Credit: jaaan
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jul 7, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
I wounder if this is a disciple of Weld_it?

aguacaliente

climber
Jul 7, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
seems like it's been done before

so maybe expand the horizons to new challenges, as Donini would say.

first winter rappel of El Cap!

Toni Kurz-style, practice passing your knots


goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 7, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
First speed rappel of El Cap?
Mark Not-circlehead

climber
Martinez, CA
Jul 7, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
Not only has it been done before (it seems every ten or fifteen years someone comes to the Valley to do it for the 1st time), but I think there is almost always a YOSAR involvement.

I remember the guy who died one year, and I think another guy had to be rescued up high on a different event , as the weight of 3000' of rope is unbelievable, and hence the amount of friction needed changes significantly from top to bottom of the rappel.

jewedlaw

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 7, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
When you pull the rope, do you still try to catch the end?
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jul 7, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
When you pull the rope, do you still try to catch the end?

bahahaha

I'll be in the meadow with popcorn and beer for this one....
Caveman

climber
Cumberland Plateau
Jul 7, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
"Not only has it been done before (it seems every ten or fifteen years someone comes to the Valley to do it for the 1st time), but I think there is almost always a YOSAR involvement."


Bull! You actually know how many times ElCap has been rapped? The weight of 3000' of rope is unbelievable or about 240lb depending on your math.
WBraun

climber
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Meh .....

3000 footers on spools back in the early 70's.

Nothing new at all ...... :-)



Connected to these guys

OR

Trad climber
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
Quote The day Blanchard blasted off, there was a kid running around the base with a piece of the guy's skull, sitting on a sheet of aluminum foil . . . he was just walking up to total strangers - thrusting it under their noses and going off about it. . . ten kinds of proud, as if he'd found an arrowhead or something.
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Good lord, I do remember some version of that story. There was supposed to be some spot at the base that if you moved a rock there was a part of the victims jaw with some teeth. It was there for a year or so. Part urban myth I'm sure but.....................
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
I've done lots of caving with Peter Bosted in Roppel Cave, although not for a few years. He certainly never mentioned anything about a rapping accident on El Cap.

"WHAT? Are you new?" - Jim Bridwell quote

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
No urban legend, there. . . let me tell you. . . I was right in the middle of it.

The day before blast off there were lots and lots of guys scouring the ground, at the scene of impact, (the rope recoiled after impact and the body was jettisoned into a tree), and everybody was looking for parts.

It was hideously macabre.

You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife.

:-(

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
"WHAT? Are you new?" - Jim Bridwell quote

Whoa. . . I read that in Bridwell's voice!

:-)
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
Yeah, eKat. He (jb) said this to me many times when I WAS new, ha haa.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
^^^^ HA! You and I should compare notes. . . I bet we both learned a lot at Ole JB's knee!

:-)
Matt's

climber
Jul 7, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
bump for a 3000ft rope!
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