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Rappel Rock multi-pitch

For some of the people that I haven't climbed with, Multi-pitch climbing is a lot different than the gym or single pitch out door areas.  There is a lot of patients (waiting) involved. 

I will give the basic plan for the day:  I will lead a pitch (5.8) on double ropes (Joel belaying) and Joel and one other person will follow on the two ropes that I led up.  The second follower (third person up directly after Joel) be trailing two rope behind her/him which the last two people will be belayed up on.  This may sound a little complicated, but it's not that bad.

The third person up should have some good top rope belay experience, but if that's not possible we will set up a redundant system to insure that failure is not an option.  I don't know everyone's skill sets so the order of the last three climbs will be decided on Sunday.

Sunscreen: Not much shade once we start climbing.
Water: 2 liter of waters, I'm bringing 3.
Lunch: We are eating on a ledge, so make it easy to eat.
Helmets: You MUST have a helmet.  If you are hit by falling rocks, with out a helmet, death is very possible.  If your belaying someone while this happens both could die.

This approach is no joke, but there are a few things that will make it a little more pleasant: long pants and shoes (closed toe).  That being said, you will need a small backpack to carry everything up the climb that you bring to the base of the climb.

Storms: There is good chance of storms because of the season.  We need to be climbing by 10am to give us 5 hours to climb before 3pm which is the normal storm time on the MT.  After pitch 3, it's faster to go up, so we can make a weather call at that time.

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  • Donald

    Patrick, don't see you?

    July 14, 2013

  • Nick

    Hey hey all. Sorry im a little late, just got back from a month of climbing. Would love to join but understand if u can't organize another lead. I got set of BDs With some dubs, set of Tcu, but my partner has the nuts in this climbing relationship. And don't ask, but no helmet. What u say Don? And I could always just hike.

    July 13, 2013

  • Belinda

    Need to rest my shoulder... Sucks...

    July 9, 2013

    • Donald

      Better safe than sorry :-(

      July 10, 2013

  • Gary

    Whoaaa! I think Joel was joking, I'm not leading anything. And I may not make it at all so I think I should cancel. I did climb Black Quacker last week and suggest that for fun (fun in a J&B way) that you try taking the chimney off to the left of the standard route for the 1st pitch.

    July 9, 2013

    • Donald

      No worries, we have a few more days for a second leader.

      July 9, 2013

  • Donald

    If Gary is comfortable having two (or more) people following I can add one more spot for the trip. Can't have more than three people on the ledge on Black Quaker.

    July 9, 2013

    • Joel

      I was joking about Gary leading...even though he has the ability ;)

      July 9, 2013

  • Gary

    What route?

    July 8, 2013

    • Donald

      We will all end on the standard route, but start on different routes. One team on Black Quaker and the other team on one of the other starting routes. I wouldn't mind taking Black Quaker because I haven't lead the third pitch.

      July 8, 2013

  • Joel

    Gary signed up....looks like you have your second trad leader ;)

    July 8, 2013

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