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2 ropes hanging off Taipan Wall - please return! 17-May-2010 At 7:10:02 PM WM
good to hear of more epics on taipan! seventh pillar i presume. how was it?

did you check the ACA guide beforehand? (which says: "make sure to test-pull the ropes before the last person comes down because the ropes regularly get jammed on this abseil. Hint: the last person should step to abseiler's left to avoid laying the ropes in the offending groove on the lip.")

the groove in question is quite small, but if you're sitting there on top watching what the ropes do while the first person down on the ground test-pulls the rope,s it's quite obvious what the problem is, and how to avoid it. if it's still light that is.

PS we had the exact same dusk descent after 7th pillar, and also got the ropes jammed. we had the luxury of coming back the next morning, and towed the ropes about 20m away from the crag, then hooked up both our bodyweights onto the rope, and did a synchronised leap into midair off a boulder... each leap moved it about 30cms - 2 passive bodyweights were not enough. hard work but easier than topping out somehow. Yes on a rough/sharp edge this might trash the ropes but it didn't hurt our ropes at all. TR here: )

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