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Nov 28, 2010
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I was talking to a friend of mine about Yosemite and he has an interest in Rappelling El Capitan. He doesn't climb so he wants to hike up first. Being a climber, I have only thought about climbing it and whenever I thought of Rappelling on El Cap I pictured it as either a lower out or bailing. This Idea of Rappelling El Cap got me curious as to how feasible it is or isn't and I haven't found much on the internet. A few questions came to mind for those that have climbed el cap (Probaby the nose)

Are the anchors all set up with rings for Rappels?

Is there a mostly direct rappelling/descent route on the nose? On any other route on el cap?(I found a topo for the nose by Fish and they claim that there is a direct rappel route but didn't give too much info)

If someone were to rappel the nose is it easy enough to find the top of the route to start?

Any info to help my curiosity would be great. Thanks
chris7
From San Diego, CA
Joined Apr 1, 2010
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Nov 28, 2010
the nose actually has its own rappel route that actually keeps you off the route itself for the most part, if i recall my supertopo beta without the book in front of me.

also, every summer, they set up a 3000' single line rap off the top for folks who are into that sort of thing. you can probably check with tom evans (elcapreport.com) or poke around on the taco for more beta on that.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
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Nov 28, 2010
Ansel Adams I am not!!  But kinda cool. Base of Ju...
supertopo.com/topos/obscuritie...
Here you go. This is literally the book on rappelling the nose.
Shane Norquist
From Anaheim,CA
Joined Sep 26, 2009
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Dec 1, 2010
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Is there any way to contact Tom? A website or something? chris7
From San Diego, CA
Joined Apr 1, 2010
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Dec 15, 2010
The Supertopo book "Yosemite Big Walls" shows the rap route to bail off the Nose, and also shows anchors. Steve Wolford
Joined Aug 8, 2007
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Dec 15, 2010
Crack Farmer
First of all, I dont recommend rappelling el cap because its not fun, its dangerous, and ultimately pointless- But...

If you want to rap el cap, the nose is by far the easiest option, as it is fully equipped to rap. You can rap other routes, but risk having to leave biners and other gear. Get the nose topo from the Supertopo guide book, no need to contact rohrer. You'll need 2 60m ropes. If you've never climbed the nose, the top may be fairly tricky to find. scope it out from the meadow, picking out a reconizable tree at the top.

Make sure you a bring a cell phone so if you get stuck you're not totally f**ked. rappelling el cap is definitely not a safe endeavor. Knife is also VERY important. Also dont do it in climbing season, as you will be in peoples way- i.e dont do it in may,june,september or october.

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m-earle
From USA
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Dec 15, 2010
OMG, I winz!!!
m-earle wrote:
First of all, I dont recommend rappelling el cap because its not fun, its dangerous, and ultimately pointless-


Not that I want to rap el cap but couldn't the same be said about climbing it in the first place?! :)
Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2007
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Dec 15, 2010
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Really? Why? Troll? talkinrocks
From Boulder, CO
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Dec 15, 2010
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W.
Chris Plesko wrote:
Not that I want to rap el cap but couldn't the same be said about climbing it in the first place?! :)


Second best quote I've read in a while.
Greg D
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Joined Apr 5, 2006
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Dec 15, 2010
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W.
m-earle wrote:
First of all, I dont recommend rappelling el cap because its not fun, its dangerous, and ultimately pointless


Which was referring to this quote.
Greg D
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