Tech Tip- Saddlebagging your Rappel Ropes

Saddlebagging your ropes for rappelling is a great way to prevent mini-epics and is also more polite than dropping your ropes on parties climbing below you. It works great on low angle terrain where your ropes won’t fall free and in vegetated areas where every bush and krummholz conspire to lengthen your descent time. Last week I went out with Northeast Mountaineering to create this instructional video on the technique. Enjoy, and please like, share, and/or comment below!

See you in the mountains,

Northeast Alpine Start

3 thoughts on “Tech Tip- Saddlebagging your Rappel Ropes

  1. Excellent video Dave. I was always impressed how fast you set up a saddlebag rappel when we rapped off Hot than Hell. Your technique of coiling over your shoulder looks fast and efficient, I’ll need to try it. Thanks for the video.


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