Man dies on "World's Largest Rope Swing"

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The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 25, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Evidently a 22 year old Salt Lake local died after attempting the Corona Arch rope swing with too long a rope. That's the second death out here in a week due to rigging failure.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 25, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
BLM crackdown in 3...2...1...
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Mar 25, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Dumb
Ass
Rigging
Errors


to keep kids off rope swings.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 25, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
brutal.. They want instant gratification but forget the knowledge and dues part. Much like climbing in general i suppose.
abrams

Sport climber
Mar 25, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
wheres the video? If the go-pro survived the impact that will be
a nice testimonial.

mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Mar 25, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Knowledge and dues aren't always enough when "they" are hucking them self off sh#t.
ddriver

Trad climber
SLC, UT
Mar 25, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24533690&nid=148&title=west-jordan-man-killed-on-corona-arch-rope-swing&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-1

MOAB A West Jordan man was killed Sunday while attempting to swing from a large natural arch that has gained widespread notoriety from a YouTube video.

Kyle Stocking, 22, and five friends set up a rope swing on Corona Arch about 3:30 p.m. They miscalculated the length of the rope, however, and on their first jump of the day, Stocking hit the ground when he tried to swing, sustaining fatal injuries, the Grand County Sheriff's Office reported.

Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Mar 25, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
It must have been a horrible scene. Condolences to the loved ones and traumatized out there.

I have zero interest in these sort of equipment tests, but best of luck (and judgment) to those who are.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 25, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
I did a similar massive, ass-puckering rope-swing thing off a bridge in Oregon, outside of Bend, in the early 80's; scared the sh#t out of me and was, uh, "fun". But throughout all my years of climbing my first line of psychological defense was having the gear there for pro, but trying not to use it and never really trusting it -- just not falling was always my goal. I've taken my share of whopper whippers and done some hard routes with pathetic pro, but that was when I was a real heat-seeker, climbing full-time for years on end, and in the Zone as it were. Always hated and always nervvy on rappels, hanging belays, etc. With those big rope swings, the fear-to-fun ratio was way to skewed-- 90% fear, 10% fun -- so I never got into 'em. But oldschool playground swingsets? Yes! Better than meditation.

And Bungee jumping? Never. Ever. Period. A good book and a comfortable reading chair over that sh#t all day long.
WBraun

climber
Mar 25, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
People do this type of rigging all the time and then forget about unforeseen dynamics that come into play when in actual use .......

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 25, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Taken in November at Corona Arch, as said then I wanted to, but just couldn't do it....don't think I have any interest any more.

Sad, condolences to his friends and family..

Not me, want to, but just couldn't do it.
Not me, want to, but just couldn't do it.
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
MisterE

Social climber
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
Video of rope swing:

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
Susan,
The BLM allows this to go on. They are crappy stewards. How can they protect our communally-held land letting idiots on arches which may have decided to give it up any day now? I don't get it.

"Just hold the match to the fuse, lady."

Jugheads.
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
Uh, why should the BLM regulate this sort of thing? Isn't that what we all want to be able to do for ourselves?
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
Natural Selection regulates this sort of thing.
rectorsquid

climber
Lake Tahoe
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
There are probably an infinite number of ways do die on BLM land and if they get in the business of trying to regulate idiot, they will have a seriously difficult time of it.

As soon as someone trips and dies because they were running, should they outlaw running? Where is the line drawn and which deaths are okay?

Better to stay out if it and just let people make mistakes like they are sure to do everywhere all of the time. Government cannot make life safe and we all suffer when it tries.

Dave
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
I don't get it.

No easy answer there, Mouse. All about balance. The days we were out there the groups were having a wonderful time...but of course anything could have happened. Airplanes are not allowed to fly through it anymore.

Credit: thanks Google
Given the litigious nature of US...I'm sure we haven't heard the last.
As far as lighting the fuse, yep, I've been known to burn it at both ends.

rapping right next to Corona Arch
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
My point is that the arch isn't protected from idiots.

It may be that "los rinches" are called for, I'm not the one to say. But the arch isn't being protected, it isn't mandated like in a National Park or Monument. It's BLM. Maybe a concession?

The point is, there are experts and there are fools or just n00bs, if you will, who don't know beans about dynamics. In order to protect the arch, mind you, not the swingers. There's only one Corona Arch.

Draconian measures...
Credit: GI
Any fool swings on my arch is gonna get flamed!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Wonder if they did a measurement and didn't account for rope stretch, or just tried to "eyeball" it or what?

Seems like you'd run a test with a haulbag full of rocks or something, or at the very least run the first couple jumps fairly short and gradually introduce more rope.

Condolences to the family, gotta be tough. In retrospect I feel pretty lucky to have lived through my late teens and 20s with some of the dumb stuff we did/tried.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Mar 25, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
It is protected from idiots in planes.
What more do you want?
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