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Name: Advanced Rappelling Skills Practice *Date Changed*
Starts: Tue Jul 12, 2016
Meetup: Smoke Bluffs parking lot, 6 p.m.
Return: Tue Jul 12, 2016

Registration opens: Tue Jul 05, 2016
Event category: Practice
Difficulty grade: A5  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: No
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Eva van Emden
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This is an informal practice session, not a course. I'd like to get together and practice some "plan B" rappel techniques. Ranging from "essential skill" to "controversial/sketchy," some possible skills to practice:

  • switching from descending to climbing back up with prusiks (useful when you go too far down),
  • stacking the rope in a sling or backpack and feeding it out as you descend (for windy conditions or low angle/shrubby terrain),
  • passing a knot (for when you have to tie off a damaged section of rope), 
  • adding friction to a rappel (thin rope/heavy pack/rappelling with an injured partner), 
  • tandem rappelling (bringing a hurt climber down with you), 
  • counterbalance rappelling (rapping down to an injured second and continuing with them), 
  • setting up a blocked rappel for single-strand rappelling (if you're descending with a GriGri or doing full-length rappels with a tag line), and
  • precautions to take with simul rappelling to make it less dangerous

Requirements: You should be confident with standard, safe rappelling technique, using a prusik backup. You should also know how to build safe anchors on bolts.

Equipment to bring: Everyone needs a helmet, harness, and rappelling device. Besides that, bring:

  • 1 or 2 cordelettes (5-6 metres long, 7 mm cord)
  • 2 prusiks (1.5 metres or so, I recommend 7 mm cord)
  • at least 2 locking carabiners and some non-lockers
  • whatever slings you have

No climbing shoes needed. Bring a rope if you have one. We'll probably need three for the group.

Review before the session: prusik knot, munter hitch, clove hitch, mule knot (a.k.a. stopper knot), alpine butterfly.

Meetup info: we'll meet at 6 p.m. at the Smoke Bluffs parking lot.

Cancellation: If you're keen but you can't make this date, let me know when is better. I'll check the weather forecast and decide whether to go or not by 8 p.m. the evening before. Wet rock is OK for this trip, but if it's raining too much, I'll cancel. 

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