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Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 18, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QDX9TF8KP8I
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 18, 2012 - 10:14pm PT
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2012 - 10:22pm PT
Thanks Larry, Forgot we could do that now!
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 18, 2012 - 10:34pm PT
Yeah Karl. TFPU. Ouch!
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Dec 18, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
Truly Darwinian....
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Dec 19, 2012 - 04:52am PT
That was lame!

I thought it was going to be much more cacastrophic than that , , ,

What kind of bushes are those? Looks painful. lol
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:32am PT
*(snicker)*

Note to self: Forward to Bush-Pilot.

Dynamic rope
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A dynamic rope is a specially constructed, stretchable rope. This 'stretch' is what makes it 'dynamic', in contrast to a static rope that doesn't have any give when under load. By stretching under load, a dynamic rope will soften the impact of extreme stresses on it, such as falls, and lessens the likelihood of failure. This is particularly useful in rock climbing, where it can absorb much of the energy of a fall (referred to as a whipper amongst rock climbers).
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:49am PT
Wow, not much thought went into that one!

You would think people would use their brains little bit more when they are doing something dangerous wouldn't you?
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:47am PT
Omg, duh
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:49am PT
in the long run,, climbing MAY just help cleanse the gene pool...
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:51am PT
Ok, that cheered me up.
Prod

Trad climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:54am PT
"Hold my beer and watch this"

Doh!!! Ouch!!!! F*#k!!!!

Prod.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:09am PT
hahaha,that's awesome


Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:13am PT
that seemed doomed, then just got worse.

Great post
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 03:56pm PT
I'm guessing bad karma... ;D
Rankin

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
Dec 19, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
Stupid is as stupid does.
Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Dec 19, 2012 - 04:48pm PT
This is what rednecks do after they've jacked a pack full of climbing gear out of your truck.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 19, 2012 - 05:27pm PT
Uh, OK.
Don't know what he was thinkin,
maybe tryin to make the 100ft. club?
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:49pm PT
My version in Spain using dynamic ropes. (don't have the volume too high!!)

mustclimbit!

climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
That bridge swing was ridiculous! I want to do that!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:12pm PT
Andy? How did buddy get up or down ? I don't see any ascenders. Were they lowered down so he could jug out ? Or did you have provision on one of the ropes to lower him down to terra firma ?


But that first clip?


Oy vey.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
Nice jump Andy!
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 20, 2012 - 12:06am PT
How did buddy get up or down ?

Tami, that's me! Each of the two ropes runs through a gri gri. The gri gri is in turn anchored to three bolts by a set of three slings on the far bridge. I tie on to both ropes and climb over the rail. My mate then takes in on both gri gris so that the ropes go tight (but being a dynamic climbing rope there is still some bend/slack in the rope at the point that I jump). So when I jump there is some slack so the first part of the jump is a free fall down towards those rocks. You can tell from the point when I stop screaming (!) and change to hysterical laughter is the point the rope goes tight. Once I stop swinging my mate above lowers me to the rocky bed below by paying out slack on each of the ropes. Once back on the ground I untie and then climb out using a very steep path. Ropes get pulled up and are readied for the next victim.
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:25am PT
Scary stuff Andy,

I think there's been one fatality there, a female who I think hit the bridge....

It's 'sort of' tolerated by the authorities methinks.

Steve
rlf

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Dec 20, 2012 - 04:18am PT
With regards to the first video:

People are so f*#king stupid. Welcome to the world of the weekend "climber".

Idiot.
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Dec 20, 2012 - 04:41am PT
Wow, do that bridge swing naked, and you can paint the big brown smile.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 20, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
It's 'sort of' tolerated by the authorities methinks.

The police turn a blind eye but I've heard there are often accidents on the bridge involving surprised motorists emerging from the tunnel to see someone leap from the bridge in front of them. When that happens the advice I was given was pack up very quickly and disappear.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 20, 2012 - 04:45pm PT
Ahhh! Excellent.

But kind of hard to pack up quick & vanish with havin' to do that lower & whatnot. Or are the fuzz around there riding on tortoises ? :-)
Prod

Trad climber
Dec 20, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Andy, Thats nuts! Nice work.

Prod.
frisbee

climber
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Dec 20, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
"Video has been removed by user." Awww...that was quick.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 28, 2012 - 04:07pm PT
Andy, Thats nuts! Nice work.

I did a bit of editing and added some music. My video now looks like this. The song is "Accident Waiting To Happen" by Billy Bragg.

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