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    Default Loooong Lower In Yosemite

    ElCap Special Report, Rescue off ElCap 5/30/12 | ElCap Reports

    Good photos shot from El Cap Meadow on the Valley floor. Frankly, once you're several hundred feet off the deck it doesn't really matter much if it is 1,000 or 1,500 or whatever. It is a LONG way down!

    The alternative to the long lower or raise is the long line/short haul rescue via 'copter.

    Special Edition ElCap Rescue 9/26/11 | ElCap Reports

    With many areas of the wall overhanging, there is significant risk associated with getting a 'copter in close.

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    Outstanding.

    I truly am speechless. Crazy thing is it looks like just another day for YOSAR.
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    Does anyone know YOSAR's method for such a long lower, I've been thinking about this lately. I'm curious about:

    1) rope type (Nylon, HTP, sisal, etc)
    2) length (I know someone will say 3200', curious about the makeup of the lengths?),
    3) decent control device (rack, scarab, mpd, tuba, etc.)
    4) special considerations for their 2nd rope (tensioned TPB, dual main lines, etc)
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    See below in blue.
    Quote Originally Posted by stickboy42 View Post
    Does anyone know YOSAR's method for such a long lower, I've been thinking about this lately. I'm curious about:

    1) rope type (Nylon, HTP, sisal, etc) I'm actually not sure of the material off hand.
    2) length (I know someone will say 3200', curious about the makeup of the lengths?), There are some custom 1,200' 11mm (7/16) ropes made by Sterling used for most of the longer lowers/raises. Fun = carrying ropes in by foot if they can't be dropped by helo. In Oct. '04 gear (~60-80 lbs/rescuer) was carried in 11 miles by foot in 1'+ snow during a early winter storm that trapped many climbers on various climbs in Yosemite. 2 Japanese climbers died on El Capitan.
    3) decent control device (rack, scarab, mpd, tuba, etc.)Racks mostly. Water is sometimes dripped onto the rack to help cool it.
    4) special considerations for their 2nd rope (tensioned TPB, dual main lines, etc)2 lines - main/belay. Pretty classic tandem prusik set-up. 3:1 systems are common. Lots of manpower to haul (there is a surprising amount of room on top of many of the big wall formations for long pulls). Simple = good. Rescuers are very experienced and well trained.
    One other item worth noting since the topic has come up in other threads is around harnesses & attachment points.

    Big wall/seat style harnesses (i.e., comfortable) are used, sometimes but not always along with a chest harnesses. The attachment points are on the front. No dorsal attachments!

    Pager is going off now.....
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