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Dec 26, 2011, 6:29 PM

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Re: [climber49er] Solo Rappeling - Backcountry Travel - What would you do?
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climber49er wrote:
... Scenario -
Traveling back country solo and I anticipate a number of nice drops along the way. I would prefer to rappel rather than hike around, in most cases. I'm intentionally wanting to travel as straight a line as possible.

Sure you can do this.

My own experience with solo scrambling, remote, in the Rockies, has taught me a lot about this kind of travel. It's a lot of fun, and very rewarding. But...

"Back country solo" means that if you get stuck anywhere, you're on your own. Then if you don't get un-stuck, they'll find your bones next summer.

"Travel straight" is a poor motive for traveling straight. It's not the right reason. If you're navigating a complex route, or a lot of elevation, you should always look for the easiest and safest route you can find. You'll get there sooner! Save the risk for when you really need it.

"Nice drops"? ?? ??? I never believe anybody who talks like this. What the hell does "nice" mean? Lots of ledges? Slip and die? Snowy traps? Maybe sandstone slab with cracks but no ledges?

climber49er wrote:
I will have trees to anchor from but I can't decide how I want to approach the rap setup.

I don't know what your "trees" look like. Passing your rope around the tree-trunk is a bad idea. It might not be safe. You can easily damage the tree's bark. Worse, there's a high probability that the rope will get stuck when you try to pull it down. Then you'll have to climb up, unstick the rope, and probably climb back down. But if you wanted to rappel this hill, it's probably too dangerous to down-climb.

So you should take along enough slings and biners to leave behind at every rap. No "Texas Rope Tricks". Use them, and lose them. Then when you are safely back in the city, go to your climbing store and buy the gear you donated to the next guys.

I don't know if you plan to body-rappel (dulfersitz). This might be OK, but if your "nice drops" really are drops, then you really should wear a climbing harness.

(This post was edited by dan2see on Dec 26, 2011, 6:31 PM)

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