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Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 7, 2013 - 03:30am PT
Here are some photos of me slacklining

Remember, I am a novice at this
Remember, I am a novice at this
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


This is trickier than I thought it would be
This is trickier than I thought it would be
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


My next challenge will be to slackline the Grand Canyon
My next challenge will be to slackline the Grand Canyon
Credit: Patrick Sawyer


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/acrobatic-german-gorilla-zoo-perstar-article-1.1233858

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/9772974/Daredevil-Gorilla-walks-across-tightrope.html



EDIT

I wonder what Cosmic will do with these pix?
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 06:55am PT
I know it's my own thread, but I thought it was interesting.

So I am going to bump it.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:03am PT
That dude clearly uses steroids. But that is truly a slack line.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:19am PT
awesome
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:36am PT
so much for sketchball andy....
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 09:15am PT
He is still young and playful. He really demonstrates a strong degree of joie de vivre."

I guess older females can do that for you.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Great focus- eyes ahead the whole way.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Im SURE Madonna would be "into" him....

so much for sketchball andy LMAO!
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 11, 2013 - 06:22am PT
I just that it is, well, incredible. I do not think that us humans give animals enough credit. That dude slacklines better than I ever could.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 13, 2013 - 03:51am PT
Credit: GI
"the mouse ran up... <br/>
and dunked it!"
"the mouse ran up...
and dunked it!"
Credit: GI
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 04:35am PT
Mouse from Merced, that mouse isn't a relative, is it? Great pix.

I just think us humans underestimate animals. I studied zoology/ethology for two years, in zoos and in the outdoors (okay, not Africa, but California, I am not David Attenborough).

Have you seen the video of the orca/killer whale nailing a great white off the Farrallon Islands, just for its liver. Apparently orcas love shark liver. And the Farrallons are one of the largest great white breeding areas in the Pacific.

When I would surf Monterey Bay, even a brush of seaweed would freak me out. I knew a surfer who was on his board in Bodega Bay and a great white cruised by him. He said he never paddled so fast to the shore. They love hanging out around the mouths of rivers (Ie Russian River, Eel River, etc) because that is where the seals and sea lions hang out, waiting for the fish, and of course, the great whites waiting for them.

Word: Don't surf near the mouth of rivers in northern California.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Jan 13, 2013 - 08:42am PT
That is awesome. Patrick's right, animals have a lot more capabilities than we know of.

I just wonder though, did his zoo keepers in Denmark let him watch Utube video's of slack-liners? Or perhaps they were watching them and did not realize he was too?

It took some time, but the bears in the Valley have been seen climbing up to get haul bags of food. I have no doubt they got the idea from watching us.

It is really unnatural for a gorilla to just use his legs like that. Maybe being raised around humans he just figured being totally bi-pedal was the way to go?

I would love to see him in person.

Animals fascinate me.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 13, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Kidogo finally made it to YouTube, appears to be a mutoscope




Speaking of apes. Does anyone remember Neil Young in William Beaudine's
The Ape Man?

The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 13, 2013 - 10:08am PT
Great form.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
It is really unnatural for a gorilla to just use his legs like that.

Hossjulia, there a many incidences of gorillas walking on two feet, bipedal. Though in this instance, yeah, the gorilla is crafty to slackine like that. One would expect that more from a chimpanzee.

To quote Bob Dylan: "The times are a changing"

Rattlesnakes learning how not to rattle, and also developing Type A along with Type B venom.

Chimps, gorillas, orangutans, dolphins and porpoises looking at themselves in a mirror, knowing it is them. Chimps and gorillas looking at their backsides, I wonder what they are thinking? Nip and tuck? Or, where is the toilet paper?

And apparently sharks, which have existed for millions of years, are learning.

And we know the Yosemite bears have a beat on Yogi.

We think that we are so smart and unique as a species, and yes the opposable thumb (prehensile) helps, that is why we can create children's hospitals, nuclear bombs and craft to reach the moon and beyond. And camming devices for climbing.

But I still think a slacklining gorilla is pretty amazing.


EDIT

That gorilla is a far better slackliner than I am.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 13, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#250069
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 16, 2013 - 10:14am PT
some of the earliest ape slacklining here @2:43



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