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Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby Marlatt » Sep 10, 2011 6:41 pm

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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby Stridergdm » Sep 10, 2011 8:21 pm

OMG, that's scary. I mean I did some sketchy stuff as a kid, but nothing like that and certainly didn't promote it on a place like youtube.(of course back in MY day, we didn't have youtube, but still.)
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Sep 11, 2011 7:12 pm

That is, without a doubt, the sorryest equipement I have ever seen anybody try to rappel with.

What was that rope? A cotton clothes line? He said to be sure it would hold 500 pounds !!!

Oh my God. I hope he has signed his organ donar card.
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby gdstorrick » Sep 11, 2011 7:21 pm

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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby Carl Amundson » Sep 12, 2011 11:18 am

OMG, just watch the video.
That's some scary shit, this guy is rappelling on a clothes line.
This video should be removed.
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby DeanWiseman » Sep 12, 2011 11:35 am

Larry E. Matthews wrote:What was that rope? A cotton clothes line? He said to be sure it would hod 500 pounds !!!

Oh my God. I hope he has signed his organ donar card.



Looks like a braided nylon boat rope. It might hold 500 lbs, but with no sheath, it's begging for trouble. But then again, those of us older than 35 probably all have a story about using gold line.

My favorite part is the square knot harness.


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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby NSS8921 » Sep 12, 2011 11:55 am

Dean, I'll go one better (OK, worse) than Goldline. I was trained on manila. I even did Natural Bridge (VA) a few times on it! You could tell it was time to retire it when it got really limp and stopped making popping noises as much. That was in the day when it made sense to test your rope before each trip by tying it to a tree and having every one yank it a few times. Forunately, I got better mentors before I got darwinnowed.

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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby Chads93GT » Sep 12, 2011 12:07 pm

that kid said be sure it holds 150 to 200 pounds........ the entire time I was wondering what he was going to do if the drop really was 50' and he only had 30' of rope. why not just toss the rope over the edge like all of us do to see if its long enough. I guess he would have rapped off the end and fell to the ground, breaking his legs or worse.
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby nathanroser » Sep 12, 2011 3:05 pm

I don't even want to know what he would try to use for ascending gear. Prusiks with his own hair?
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby self-deleted_user » Sep 12, 2011 3:39 pm

muddyface wrote:I don't even want to know what he would try to use for ascending gear. Prusiks with his own hair?

Nonono, yarn spun of angora fibres so it's soft to the touch and won't abrade the rope :P
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby nathanroser » Sep 12, 2011 4:28 pm

The fibers of dog's bane make pretty strong cordage, but the plant is also poisonous and the toxin gets on your hands. But that should discourage any critters from chewing up the rope.
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby chh » Sep 12, 2011 4:36 pm

That's some stupid, dangerous stuff. I will say though, as a kid, I did some stupid, dangerous stuff. The difference was I knew it was stupid and dangerous and therefore I didn't tell anybody I was doing it :laughing:
That was also before the age of the internet "expert".
I remember one time specifically when I was about 10 and some friends and I build a very rude zip line from the top of one tree to the bottom of another. This resulted is one of my friends falling from the tree and going to the hospital. When my dad found out, to his great credit, he didn't get mad. Rather, he brought home some retired lengths of webbing and rope from the fire department, taught me how to make a seat harness out of webbing and out of the end of the rope as well as a taughtline, prussik and carabiner wrap. He wasn't a climber or caver or even on the high angle team, he just knew I was going to do it anyway, and so he taught me everything he knew about it, which wasn't much. I never looked back, and have had some great times introducing my dad to climbing since. Thus the roles were reversed.
When I see that video I don't think so much about how bad the advice is so much as how badly that kid needs a mentor. I hope he finds one before his crappy stitching job decides to give up the ghost!
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby NZcaver » Sep 12, 2011 5:14 pm

chh wrote:That's some stupid, dangerous stuff. I will say though, as a kid, I did some stupid, dangerous stuff. The difference was I knew it was stupid and dangerous and therefore I didn't tell anybody I was doing it :laughing:
That was also before the age of the internet "expert".

:exactly: Ditto, ditto, and ditto. :big grin: All I'll say is abandoned mine shafts, old non-kernmantle boat rope, and a diving belt for a harness... :shhh: :doh:

Then I had a stroke of genius. I decided to hook up with some cavers to learn real vertical techniques, and the journey began. Sometimes I wish I had some video of the early days, but even if I did I wouldn't post it on YouTube - at least not without a huge disclaimer.
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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby gdstorrick » Sep 12, 2011 6:05 pm

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Re: Classic rappelling instruction!

Postby DeanWiseman » Sep 12, 2011 6:17 pm

I was on a trip to one of the deepest free-drop pits in Indiana at about 124 ft.... and right next to the entrance hole we found a bosun's chair fashioned from a 2x6 with a 1/4-inch eye bolt with a 6-inch shank on it. Attached to the eye bolt was 1/4-inch cotton rope. I don't think it actually got used, but someone was VERY close to visiting the ever-after.

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p.s. Probably this kid's dad...
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