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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 2, 2013 - 06:51am PT
Never a dull moment here in Sacramento.

Man dies hanging from building in Sacramento

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/02/5309019/man-dies-hanging-from-building.html#storylink=cpy

And that's not all!

In the span of 15 days, Sacramento authorities have reported the deaths of two men from apparent graffiti attempts at elevated heights.

The latest was discovered Monday morning after employees at a high-rise at 1201 K St. reported seeing a body hanging from rope outside the 16th floor.

Sacramento police spokeswoman Michele Gigante said the victim apparently died accidentally while trying to vandalize the building's exterior.

On March 16, a convicted tagger, Andre Petkov, 22, of North Highlands, was discovered by a street sweeper after apparently falling from the Interstate 80 bridge east of Winters Street.

The implication is the tagger was dulfersitzing.

Battalion Chief Craig Wiedenhoeft, of the Sacramento Fire Department, said the man they removed Monday accidentally asphyxiated himself.

Wiedenhoeft said the rope that looped around his chest and legs had constricted him. "He got pulled into a fetal position when the rope cinched up on him," he said.

They even interviewed the manager of Granite Arch and some customer of Pipeworks:

Local climbing experts said the "classic rappel" technique is seldom practiced. It uses friction from the rope against the body at various points to slow the descent.

"It's not used much anymore. There is equipment that is a lot more efficient, so nobody really does it," said Adam Elfstrand, general manager Granite Arch Climbing Center in Rancho Cordova.

At Sacramento Pipeworks climbing gym in downtown Sacramento, climber Jason Bove described the technique as "unorthodox" and "not recommended."

DMT
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:54am PT
So basically, taggers/artists need to (should) invest in climbing gear.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:58am PT
Some more than others are just dying to make their mark.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:00am PT
Huh,
Insert Famous Werner Quote Here
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:06am PT
Authorities said gravity played a role in both deaths.


^^^brilliant insight








Condolences to family and friends of the dead artist taggers. Both of them were courageous in the targets they attempted but paid the price for not knowing how to protect themselves.
WTF

climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:06am PT
Good!

WFCares!

Taggers are not artists. They are vandals who perpetrate millions of dollars in property damage every year.

First offense should be a slap on the hand with a ball pin hammer the second removal of thumbs so one can not hold the can.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:10am PT
Retrobolters too.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:17am PT
Well at least they died doing what they loved.

RIP
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:22am PT
WTF, you don't get it. Those graffities will be petroglyphs in a few hundred years. Those people that died were artists!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:27am PT
A great day for Darwin.
ec

climber
ca
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:48am PT
My dog has been tagging for years with no adverse effects as an occupational hazard. And his work is only 'visible' to those who desire to check it out.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:52am PT
And if anyone is wondering, this method, The Dulfersitz, was universally employed until the early sixties, in my experience. Hideous hideous method but everyone should know it as part of training and should you drop all your hardware accidentally.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:01am PT
The Dulfersitz, was universally employed until the early sixties, in my experience.
Old School Taggers no doubt!

I employed the Dulfersitz in 72 until I got gear and Basic Rockcraft schooled me on biner brake systems. Like Haan said, gud to know if ya drop yer chit.
Tad
dikhed

climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:13am PT
i saved the life of my boss when he lost control instantly anfell out of a Dulfer off the grid of a theatre. Grabbed his hand and hauled him in.I will never forget the look on his face. The rapp was totally free hanging and the guy before him barely made it yet my boss still went for it. Needless to say I declined. He ended up having t to fire me for crashing into the wall of the theatre in the round while doing laps on my motorcycle...alcohol was involved.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:32am PT
Perhaps we need to get some laws on the books against GRAVITY!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:39am PT
When my husband told me about this last night I thought it was a April Fool's joke!

The Dulfersitz

Peter, I think it would be great if you would post a video of yourself demonstrating the technique!
thirsty

climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:39am PT
You should do each version of the body wrap rappel, a biner break rappel, a true dynamic catch of a hard second's fall and hang off a marginal stance belay (pretending you can't wieght your anchor) and some hip belays every year. Seriously. And eat your greens. And stop telling me what to do.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:39am PT
Taggers are not artists. They are vandals who perpetrate millions of dollars in property damage every year.

First offense should be a slap on the hand with a ball pin hammer the second removal of thumbs so one can not hold the can.

WTF, simmer down.





Besides, you don't necessarily need thumbs to get sh#t done...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:47am PT
Taggers are not artists.


Credit: survival
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:53am PT
^^^^^
That's not tagging.
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