Rappelling or lowering off?

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In single pitch crag climbing, like most of the climbing done here in the Red, after cleaning the anchor, do you prefer to rap off or be lowered off?

I prefer to rappel off.
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I prefer to be lowered down.
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Post by gulliver » Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:43 pm

I liked that post wanderer.Bushwacker, don't let go of the rope, you are rappeling.
Could you rap with the rope just run under your arm and across your back? Some people do(you won't see it much!). Climbing has some risk and I understand limiting it, but it was all about the adventure and skills of getting up. If it's completely watered down you would only feel safe in a gym and the whole time you'd be wondering how your lawyer could negotiate around the release you signed.

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Post by ynot » Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:51 pm

It works.I tried it once.It's tough on clothes.You can also wrap it around your leg but it gets really hot.
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Post by Alan Evil » Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:19 pm

The rappel method I remember from boy scouts involved running the rope around the body and under a leg. I never tried it but it looked like it would hurt like hell.
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Post by marathonmedic » Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:03 pm

Don't wear a harness. Make a swiss seat and rap like a pro.
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Post by wanderer » Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:17 pm

Aussie style is the only the way!!

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Post by Toad » Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:13 pm

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Post by Wes » Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:53 am

Rick, I have some biners for you to test when you get your stress test thing set up. Pulled them from the top of Supafly yesterday. One is worn just about all the way through, the other is more then half way worn through. Not sure if people TR that route very much, so might just be from lowering. Al biners do not hold up like steel rings, that is for sure.

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Post by marathonmedic » Sat Jan 29, 2005 5:58 pm

Rick, I don't suppose you're going to be posting the results on here, are you?
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Post by J-Rock » Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:14 pm

Did anybody see the biners that Mark had taken down from "Paranoia"? Talk about grooved and worn!
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Post by Alan Evil » Mon Feb 14, 2005 8:27 pm

If you weave your butt hairs into the rope you won't fall as often.
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Post by marathonmedic » Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:01 am

J-Rock wrote:Did anybody see the biners that Mark had taken down from "Paranoia"? Talk about grooved and worn!
pic? (man, it sucks to live vicariously)
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Post by J-Rock » Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:35 am

Mark might still have them hanging up behind the counter in the gear shop.
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Post by marathonmedic » Wed Feb 16, 2005 11:28 am

Um, which shop? Is this the Mark that owns Torrent?
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Post by Caspian » Wed Feb 16, 2005 11:39 am

bushwhacker wrote:*Are you safer rapping or lowering if YOUR PARTNER gets hit by rockfall? The rockfall that I’ve witnessed in 19 yrs of climbing has almost always been initiated by the feet or hands of the climber/rappeler. Who is more likely to get hit by rockfall, those below or you?*

Handhold or foothold blows while you are pulling on it on lead, you fall and are airborne, hand/foothold beans your belayer on the head, knocking him/her out, he/she lets go of rope...with a grigri you get to live. With any other device, adios muchachos...also pretty easy to knock stuff off while being lowered...why people still use belay devices that don't work if you let go of the rope is beyond me...
I could have sworn this conversation was about the safty of rapelling vs lowering. Actually, I think it is the direct question and content in the comment that you *quoted*.
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Post by marathonmedic » Wed Feb 16, 2005 6:12 pm

No. It's another topic revisited, again.
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