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maldaly


Apr 13, 2008, 9:29 AM

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Re: [BrokenClimber] Climber Raps Off End of Rope
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Hey Window,
Thanks for the great and, undoubtedly painful to write, post. As one who has been in that situation, I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Be patient, love your family and hang on. You'll be back shortly as a better climber and a better person.

I've rapped off the ends of my ropes twice: once at night 300' off the ground on Yosemite's Glacier Point Apron, and once in a situation almost exactly like yours. I had switched the anchor point and grabbed the rope in what I thought was the middle and tossed it. I looked over the edge and could see rope on the ground. What I didn't realize was that I wasn't seeing both ends of the rope on the ground. I rapped off, slowly because I was inspecting the route, and about ten feet after swinging free from the face and about 30' off the ground, one of the rope ends slipped through my brake hand.

I now tie knots if I can't see both ends of the rope on the ground. A ledge isn't good enough.

Broken Climber, thanks for the lesson.

Mal


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