Hemp Rope

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Hemp Rope

Spool of hemp rope used by Warren Harding and his partners during the first ascent of the Nose of El Capitan. They used it to fix to their high point until it snapped when Wally Reed gave it a good hard tug. Harding had just prusiked up the rope and Wally was forced to place some pitons to climb up to the broken end and prusik to Harding as Wally had the nylon lead line.