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Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 9, 2013 - 03:49am PT
Poor fellows...

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/09/world/asia/russia-zorb-death/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:12am PT
You have to remember Darwin is still hard at work every single day.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jan 9, 2013 - 04:32am PT
fckin drunk russians... you would think they would have all been extinct by now?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:01am PT
That's horrible. Wisht I hadn't watched it.

DMT
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:17am PT
Thanks Dingus, saved me from some early morning horror, which I can do without.

(I'll watch it later, not that big of a wussie)
WTF

climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:22am PT
WTF.......

PUTIN DOESN'T WANT AMERICANS ADOPTING RUSKIE BABIES!

Americans don't want to adopt RUSKIE babies cuz their stupid like these idiots.

Stupidoski RUSKIE moroniskis.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:30am PT
The last few seconds.... nightmarish.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:38am PT
Looks like a cool place to ski though.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:47am PT
Inconsistent continuity.


Beware the evil that lurks in youtube.

edit: news reports state this video is actual. sad but true. RIP thrillseeker.

ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:06am PT
That was really disturbing. I sincerely wish that I would not have seen that. To me, it is not entertaining at all to watch someone die.
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:19am PT
Glad I missed it too. Rather watch someone making like-with two or three hotties.
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:32am PT
What pud said
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:40am PT
That must have hurt!
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:52am PT
Seems like a profoundly dicey location for an activity like that. I would have taken one look at the unsecured run-out and understood the potential for this. I'd love the get a translation of what those knuckleheads are saying. One of them is still giggling long after it was clear those guys were monumentally f*#ked.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:54am PT
What mrtropy said.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:57am PT
Seems like a profoundly dicey location for an activity like that.

BVB, the Russian for 'dicey' is 'normal' or, if very dicey, 'interesting'.
They weren't actually saying much other than "there he goes" and when it
was obvious he was in for the big one "he's going down"; the usual Russian
understatement.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 9, 2013 - 09:13am PT
Maybe a side issue, but the guy who died had massive spinal injuries. Should have stabilized him where he was then evac'd him, rather than dragging him back up the hill. Hopefully they'll have better medical responders when the olympics come to town.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jan 9, 2013 - 09:19am PT
Glad I missed it too. Rather watch someone making like-with two or three hotties.

Funny to think which of the two is illegal to put on youtube...
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jan 9, 2013 - 09:25am PT
falling off the top of el cap would be a bad way to die. But being in that ball would be just sooo creepy. I guess because you'd have time to know what's going on. Plus I'm claustrophobic. A definition of hell for me.

poor guys
MisterE

Social climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/09/one-dead-one-injured-in-russian-zorbing-accident/
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 05:57am PT
From the article Mister E posted...

Still conscious and able to stand, they were rescued by two skiers, who then pulled both men up to the top of the hill. Burakov suffered serious spinal injuries and died on the way to the hospital. Shcherbakov suffered a concussion and other injuries and remains hospitalized.

What does not go together

A. "able to stand" and "conscious"
B. "pulled both men up to the top of the hill" and "hospitalized"
C. "conscious and able to stand, they..." and "serious spinal injuries"

I'm going with 'C'
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jan 10, 2013 - 07:56am PT
The Russians do not have a monopoly on stupidity

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/X9GWFUDfb9G/Annual+Bank+Holiday+Cheese+Rolling+Competition/_d_n5YoRov9

Cheese Rolling
Cheese Rolling
Credit: Jon Beck
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:34am PT
And there's Stolby

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 09:09am PT
OMG, I haven't seen galoshi for yonks! Them fookin' Rooskies are all nucking
futs. I seriously think their Mongolian heritage has given them a collective
(no pun intended) sense of fatalism - nothing ever phases them. What, rope
up to walk up the Kahiltna Glacier? Why would you do that? It's dead flat!
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Jan 10, 2013 - 10:18am PT
Christ.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
It turns out this was a cheap Chinese knock off of a Zorb®. Zorbs are single occupant spheres, and the franchised operations have very strict guidelines for use (first and foremost having proper fencing on the course, obviously). There are also significant dangers inherent with a two-person sphere, prohibiting their use.

Russian Zorb pair flee after man killed

There was another incident involving one of these unlicensed, double-occupant knock-offs where a reporter was severely injured when the sphere went off course and landed hard on concrete after jumping an inadequate fence:

http://kennebecvalleypodium.forumotion.com/t10017-state-investigating-zorb-ride-accident-that-hurt-reporter

Quote from link above:

The operators of the ride and officials at Lost Valley said they were unaware that they needed a permit and safety inspection before they could offer rides to the public.

Knott surprising!
bjj

climber
beyond the sun
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:06pm PT

[Yakov Smirnoff]

In Soviet Russia, ball rolls you!

[/Yakov Smirnoff]
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Master Of Sparks/ZZ Top

exact same as Zorbing, only different,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7KMxalAIF4
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
Dr. Sprock! YES!

I knew that the claim
of the Master of Sparks
was mine

DMT
chill

climber
between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:19pm PT

“The transparency of zorbs also reflect the open, accessible and inclusive society that Sochi 2014 Games is helping to build,” Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the organizing committee, said in 2010.

I love BS. It makes me happy.
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
I dont think the Russian Zorbing Team is gonna win, place, or show

...at Sochi 2014
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
Here's a link to The Code of Operation from GlobeRiding.org, which includes a video of the 2008 accident in Maine:

http://www.globeriding.org/globeriding/code/

Customers should ask globe riding site operators “Do you comply with the Code of Safe Operations for plastic globes?”; “Are you a signatory to the Code?”.

If not, you (the customer) may be taking your life into your own hands. Remember – Insurance may not be available to those operators that do not comply with the Code.

Edit: Whoa, check this out:

http://www.globeriding.org/globeriding/faqs/

This is good as well:

http://www.globeriding.org/globeriding/sport-devices/
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
^^^^^^

i was just setting up a Zorb Course where you get chased by a bunch psychotic guys with chainsaws...then I saw the Globe Riding Code!


Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:47pm PT


toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
^^^^


why does Peter Gabriel now look like Uncle Fester?





what happened to his hair?



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Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
lol
PG, Tony Levin and David Rhodes are all bald
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Russians don't have any monopoly on dumbness. lol
Cheese rolling (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOyQBSMeIhM
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
why does Peter Gabriel now look like Uncle Fester?

No doubt, he's way middle aged!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
Chinese knockoffs? Double occupancy? Proper fencing? Licensed operators? Governing body Rules? WTF! As if any of this makes any difference at all.

How about walking up, taking one look at the ball, looking down the hill, and then just saying, "What, are you f*#king nuts? Only an idiot would get inside of one of those things."

Again, humans being humans and asking Darwin to work a double shift.
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