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Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up the 120ft rappel to the Upper Saddle
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By John Coyier
Jun 4, 2014
Can someone post a photo of the bottom of this rap? I'd like to know if I really need to have a 70m rope to get far enough down to begin a reasonable low-grade down-climb point. I've got a 50 and a 60m but have not yet invested in a 70. I would rather not join these two because of all the extra there would be to pull not to mention the high risk of jamming the knot in a crack. btw...nice photo!
By flynn
Nov 4, 2014
Don't have a photo for you, just a story. We managed to do this rappel in two shorter rappels with a 60 meter. You just have to look carefully for the middle anchor. This was in July 2004. If you were hard-core enough, you might be able to downclimb this, but I don't trust my memory enough to recommend that.
By ElJuarez
Jul 6, 2015
Is there always an anchor at the top of this rappel? A friend and I are wanting to do this in a couple of weeks.
By Lee Jensen
Dec 6, 2015
The Grand gets climbed by dozens of parties every day. The hired guides do a great job making sure the anchor is in good shape.
By Paul Hoerster
Dec 23, 2015
Climbed Upper Exum route July 2015. There is a newer bolted rap to the left of the sling around the rock that is a longer rappel. I used the sling around the rock to rappel using a 60 meter rope and made sure that the rope was as far to climbers right (south) as possible and made the ground with feet to spare.
By Jareddye
From: Lexington, KY
Sep 20, 2016
This rappel always has slings around the boulder. It can be done with one 70 meter rope. A 70 meter will put you right at the bottom with less than a foot of rope to spare. Use caution if your rope does not have a middle mark.
By Brett Verhoef
From: Northern Utah
Aug 25, 2017
The rangers have been advising people to rap off the slung boulder. It only requires a 60 meter rope if you rap straight out from the boulder and during the rappel you stay to skiers left.
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Setting up the 120ft rappel to the Upper Saddle

Submitted By: Chris Ams on Aug 24, 2010
On this route:
Owen Spalding (5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c )
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