Episode 190: TAPS 2020 aka The Things We Wished Were Cancelled Edition.

On Episode 190 of the Enormocast, I sit down with friends Andrew Bisharat and Steve Dilk take aim at foibles, dangers, and annoyances in climbing that continue to plague our sport and our minds. What’s on the block this year? Bad dog owners, simul-rappelling, snotty belay testers, speed climbing, and more. Fueled by our whiskey sponsor, lots of stuff gets said that may be TONGUE IN CHEEK so if your sacred cow gets skewered, try not to drive off the road in rage.

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6 Replies to “Episode 190: TAPS 2020 aka The Things We Wished Were Cancelled Edition.”

  1. Incredible episode you guys. Hilarious, thoughtful, warm and the perfect mix of reverent and irreverent. I laughed harder than i do during most stand up specials and i thought the discussion about simul-rappeling was on point. Especially because i was considering doing some simul-rappels tomorrow, but after thinking about the simple math you guys put down, i’m gonna pass on it from now on.

    1. Thanks for the compliments. Just use the simul rappel judiciously and with care and its a fine tool. Especially if you climb big routes with two grigris as your only devices. And of course, tie knots.

  2. In response to the point of why people don’t knot the other side of the rope after pulling: if you do a single strand reepschnur rappell (fig eight on a bight on the mid mark with a biner backing it up) with a gri-gri or ATC (if you have to), you only ever need to knot one end of the rope, since the other end is the pull end. And you also only need to find the middle mark of your rope once to set up the rappell for the first time, and thats it, which saves you tons of time setting up the next rappell – just thread the next anchors, tie the knot, pull the rope, keep pulling until you hit the knot, reclip the biner, and set off again.

    This is my preferred rap system – it’s fast, specifically because it makes the logistics of setting up the rappel very very simple and quick.

    1. Cool. Also, another variation is if you rig both your devices before the first person leaves, the second device on the rope would accomplish the same thing in terms of holding both sides if the first guy hits only one knot at the ends. Since the device needs to be rigged before or after, no time loss doing it first. Especially effective if the device is extended from the harness. Really, your partner’s hand ought to be on the downside of the hanging rope as a break, but I bet it would essentially work with just the weight of the ropes acting as break.

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