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This may be a dumb question, but if you rappel down how do you retrieve your rope?
Quote from: jasonmerlo on October 28, 2016, 07:57:35 AMThis may be a dumb question, but if you rappel down how do you retrieve your rope?You pass the rope around a tree or through a sling, descending ring, or carabiner, and rappel on the doubled rope. When you're down, you pull one side of the rope, abandoning your sling, carabiner or whatever, but retrieving your rope. It was a 75' drop and he had 200' of 6mm, enough for a 100' rappel. A 9mm rope would be more typical for this sort of thing.Talusman, you mentioned camping on the north slope of EC; is there a level spot anywhere?
Congratulations - great hike and report/pictures. We admired EC from GM when we were there , and I knew people had done it, and I knew it was harder than it looked from GM - you proved it. Those false summits are a bitch. Can you not get up from the regular EC trail ? Where does it go ?
Actually, I tie an extra ring into the sling and attach a 3 mil pull cord and drop it below. After you pull you rappel rope through you then pull the sling down as well. This leaves nothing behind...
Sweet trip report Talusman! The summit of El Capitan is definitely on my list. When I was there last year with Laurence Parent, he said he knew some guys who trad climbed it in the 80s. Crazy stuff! Also, Picacho told me he did a 75' rap down the low point between GM and EC which ended up taking him to Guadalupe Spring and the El Capitan trail. Again, nice work! Looks like a helluva bushwack.
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