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Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2017 - 09:10pm PT
I know that bridge Biotch! :) great shot

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2017 - 06:20am PT
Btw Mouse that Merced Falls pile bridge is cool. Didn't recall that bit about the sawmill. Good light that afternoon.

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2017 - 06:21am PT
Almost heaven...


DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 20, 2017 - 10:15am PT
Credit: Reilly

The Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon River near Bristol, England. Originally planned to be built in 1831 by Isambard Brunel, the engineering genius of the century, the Bristol Riots caused a lengthy postponement further lengthened by Brunel's death and design changes. Finished in 1864 the original structural elements are still extant and for a quid you can drive across it, just not in yer lorry. ;-)

In 1885, a 22-year-old woman named Sarah Ann Henley survived a suicide attempt off the bridge when her billowing skirts acted as a parachute and she landed in the thick mud banks of the tidal River Avon at low tide; she subsequently lived into her eighties.

In 1957 a Filton-based RAF Vampire jet from 501 Squadron piloted by Flying officer John Greenwood flew under the deck while performing a victory roll before crashing in Leigh Woods, killing the pilot. The accident caused a landslip that led to the temporary closure of the nearby Bristol to Portishead railway line.

On 12 February 2014 the bridge was closed to traffic due to wind for the first time in living memory.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 20, 2017 - 02:41pm PT
For about a decade and a half following the end of the
Second World War, British rock climbing was dominated by Joe
Brown and Don Whillans and their compatriots in the
Manchester Rock and Ice Club. Such was the unprecedented
severity of this group's climbs, and especially those of
Brown, that they immediately took on an aura of
impregnability. But, in the late 1950s, Hugh Banner
spearheaded a new generation which came to sweep away the
mythical reputation of the Rock and Ice Club and begin a
surge forward to even harder climbs. "There were few
climbers who were quite as daring as Banner," thought the
climbing historian Trevor Jones.

Banner, like Brown and the Rock and Ice men, was a
Lancastrian, but began his outstanding climbing career while
studying chemistry at Bristol University in the early 1950s.
Here he was one of the pioneers of the strenuous, fingery
climbing on the forbiddingly steep limestone of Avon Gorge.
Bold, extreme climbs such as Great Central Route and the
aptly named Desperation, climbed in 1953, epitomised
Banner's vision in opening up lines on a formidable cliff
few had dared to consider seriously as a climbing ground.
--The Independent / 05 May 2007 / Colin Wells
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2017 - 08:52pm PT


DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2017 - 08:52pm PT


DMT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jun 2, 2017 - 07:40am PT
Credit: hooblie
there's two bridges there, one behind the other
Esparza

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Jun 2, 2017 - 10:24am PT
Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA back in Nov 2016
Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA back in Nov 2016
Credit: Esparza
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 2, 2017 - 10:59am PT
I haven't been over that San Pedro bridge in a while now. I miss Long Beach.

DMT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jun 2, 2017 - 07:59pm PT
Credit: hooblie
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Jun 2, 2017 - 08:10pm PT
Credit: Capt.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 5, 2017 - 09:53am PT
The Menai Straits Bridge - completed in 1823! Designed by Thomas Telford who was born penniless in Scotland and was apprenticed to a mason. Through incredible drive he was completely self-taught. He never attended a day of formal school! His list of major engineering accomplishments is unsurpassed in the 19th or any century.

He lived in the house on the left while building the bridge.  It is no...
He lived in the house on the left while building the bridge. It is now the town council's.
Credit: Reilly


An honor to drive across it!
Credit: Reilly
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jun 5, 2017 - 06:38pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 5, 2017 - 07:10pm PT
New Melones on the Stanislaus.
New Melones on the Stanislaus.
Credit: mouse from merced
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jun 6, 2017 - 06:50pm PT


I gotta stand back a little further to get it all in the frame.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 7, 2017 - 08:24am PT
This one is almost too wide for a decent pano, so I decided to change ...
This one is almost too wide for a decent pano, so I decided to change the angle and POV.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2017 - 08:53am PT


DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2017 - 08:54am PT


DMT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 11, 2017 - 09:23am PT
Where's your grappling iron? Tyrolean traverse, don't go in reverse.

When is no bridge a cool bridge?

When DMT says it is.
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