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By jeff frame
From Vail,Co
Oct 23, 2012
what is the apprioate weight difference that is exceptible between partners when simu rapping?

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By Brian in SLC
Oct 23, 2012
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch
jeff frame wrote:
what is the apprioate weight difference that is exceptible between partners when simu rapping?


If you're experienced, I can't think of a weight difference that for me would be unacceptable. And, I've simul rapp'ed with someone I outweigh by 100 pounds.

Also depends on the terrain and how you're rigged. Again, if you're experienced, then, there isn't a weight difference that would matter (IMHO).

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By DannyUncanny
From Vancouver
Oct 23, 2012
Brian in SLC wrote:
If you're experienced, I can't think of a weight difference that for me would be unacceptable. And, I've simul rapp'ed with someone I outweigh by 100 pounds. Also depends on the terrain and how you're rigged. Again, if you're experienced, then, there isn't a weight difference that would matter (IMHO).


A weight difference of 50% of the lighter persons weight is approximately the limit for most metal anchor points. Beyond that and you will probably just end up lifting your partner. You could still do it, but would have to go one at a time, kind of defeating the purpose.

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By eric schweitzer
From Bend, Oregon
Nov 14, 2012
SITTING ATOP THE CHIEF
Interesting anecdote: I Knew a guy who rapped off his end while simul-rapping, high up on a multi-pitch because his partner was saying " whatchyourend, whatchyourend, watchyourend," in a thick aussie accent, and he thought he was saying "watchout" or something, as in "rock", so he was looking up, and didn't notice the impending doom.

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By rgold
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Nov 16, 2012
The traverse out to the Yellow Ridge on the Dogsti...
Just got done with a discussion of this over on SuperTopo .

Have a look at

supertopo.com/climbing/thread....

After this post, I started wondering whether the impression of extra speed really amounts to all that much:

supertopo.com/climbing/thread....

and

supertopo.com/climbing/thread....,

which contains further links to other discussions.

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