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Oct 9, 2007, 10:33 PM

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Re: [rocknice2] getting the pig down by yourself
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Rode the pig for many raps OJT style coming down from El Cap ledges due to route congestion.

Rig your rap as norma. On the pig you put a standard over the shoulder sling on the tie in point and clip the other end of that sling to your rap biner.

Now start rapping. You will notice ALL of the pig weight is on the rap device and not you. So you will want to wear gloves and use at least 2 biners and possibly 3, instead of the standard 1 biner for you rapping. More biners = more friction, which you will really want as you get toward the end of each rap.

The sling allows you to maneuver the pig as you rap, using your legs or knees to move it from one side to the other. On slabby raps this is essential, If you cli'p it in short your crotch will have a haul bag jammed up under it and its hard to maneuver after slamming your nads with the bag a few times.

I've rapped some 40 pitches with pigs, it really isn't that big a deal once you get it down. Its best to send your partner down first, if you have one, to find the next station and deal with the rope ends, possibly giving you a fireman's belay if necessary.

That's all there is to it. Practice with a day pack.

Don't rap with a haulbag on your back, that's Gumb Work.


(This post was edited by dingus on Oct 9, 2007, 10:33 PM)

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