OT: Zorbing is dangerous


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Trad climber
East Coast US
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2013 - 08:57am 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
Jan 10, 2013 - 10:56am PT
The Russians do not have a monopoly on stupidity


Cheese Rolling
Cheese Rolling
Credit: Jon Beck

A long way from where I started
Jan 10, 2013 - 11:34am PT
And there's Stolby


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 12:09pm 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!

Sport climber
Jan 10, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:47pm 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:


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!

beyond the sun
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:06pm PT

[Yakov Smirnoff]

In Soviet Russia, ball rolls you!

[/Yakov Smirnoff]

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
Master Of Sparks/ZZ Top

exact same as Zorbing, only different,

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Dr. Sprock! YES!

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


between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:19pm 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.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
Here's a link to The Code of Operation from GlobeRiding.org, which includes a video of the 2008 accident in Maine:


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:


This is good as well:


Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:47pm PT


Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
PG, Tony Levin and David Rhodes are all bald

Trad climber
Jan 10, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
Russians don't have any monopoly on dumbness. lol
Cheese rolling (video)

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 10, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
why does Peter Gabriel now look like Uncle Fester?

No doubt, he's way middle aged!

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 10, 2013 - 07:43pm 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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