The Rave- times

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The Rave- times

Post by Leo » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:15 am

What is the current record for climbing The Rave car back to the car? Anybody been brave enough to rope-solo it?


Post by Don » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:15 am

Marijus and myself have done it in 3.5 hrs on our first time on the route, this is by no means a quick time and we would like to try and better it. I rope-soloed it in 5,5 hrs.

Orca crew

Post by Orca crew » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:16 am

Well it seems no one is interested in doing speed ascents of the rave. To spice things up a bit Orca in the City Rock climbing gym will offer a spot prize to anyone beating 3.5 hrs car to car. NO CHANCERS!!

Gi joe

Post by Gi joe » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:16 am

I have never heard of anyone rope soloing the rave. What gear did you use and how did you do it?


Post by T » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:17 am

what's rope-solo?

Mean Mr Custard

Post by Mean Mr Custard » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:17 am

Latest i heard Don smashed his old record and has it down to four and half hours


Post by Don » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:17 am

Rope soloing can be done in many ways, it basically means using some type of system to self belay. It is fairly labourios in that you have to rap down and clean each pitch and then either jug or re-climb that pitch.


Post by T » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:18 am

thanks Don! Sounds exhausting. All the best for when you give it a shot Leo!


Post by Stu » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:18 am

Out of interest what rope solo device did Donovan Burls use on The Rave? Feel sorry for anyone not using the Silent Partner Anyone out there using modified gri-gri's or Soloists. R2000 is alot of money, but the time saved and peace of mind makes the overall enjoment better and worth it(if you solo quite alot that is)


Post by Justin » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:18 am

Don used a GriGri for the climb. Check out the article on the home page “GriGri as a solo device”


Post by Don » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:18 am

I did use a gri-gri, it has been modified to use with a chest harness i found it alot easier, but still a little limiting. The beauty of the gri-gri is that you can basically climb, rap and jug with-out ever taking it off the rope


Post by Stu » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:19 am

Does the gri-gri allow for overhanging climbing(upside down falls). Is it neccessary to use back-up knots with the gri-gri variation?


Post by Don » Sat Apr 30, 2005 11:19 am

I would definitely recommend using a back-up knot. Fortunately i have not had to test if the gri-gri will hold an upsidedown fall my feeling is that it will,but it would be dependent on the body position.

gri-gri as solo device

Post by » Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:47 pm

For a self belay aid climbing, if that is what you're talking about, the gri-gri, is great. For $70 (US) the gri-gri is a safe, reliable, and more to the point tried and proven to catch those ball cinching falls. I wear it on my belay loop along with an extra locker. Once I set my anchor off the the ground and I get 3 or 4 meters up I'll take as much rope as I'm comfortable with (rodeo slack, yee-haw) and tie a bite on the rope in front of the gri-gri, i.e. the rope your feeding, and then clip that to your extra locking biner Now assuming you don't rip marginal aid gear or generally f*ck up you're self belayed and backed-up.

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