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50m haul rope for the Nose?

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Chris I · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 75

Me and a buddy are planning on running up the nose of el cap. I have an old 60m rope that's been chopped a couple times and is now a 50m. Anybody ever try using a 50m rope as a haul rope on the nose? Could it work?

Erik Sloan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 125

You can haul with a 50, but you will have to build natural belays. The pitch off Sickle Ledge, for example, is now 190' (instead of 205') if you haul to the higher anchor at Sickle. When folks used to climb the route with 50s, they did this pitch in two pitches, which is a shame because the first pitch is 5.0 and the second only has a few 5.9 moves at the end.


Erik -

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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