Man dies on "World's Largest Rope Swing"


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Gym climber
South of Heaven
Mar 26, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
Isn't it like 1/2 mile (the height of El Crap) to reach terminal velocity (~100 mph)?

I witnessed and helped in a fatal car crash that occurred at about 30 mph. That was plenty gruesome... I can't imagine.

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Mar 26, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
Ho man!

Really is too bad some kids witnessed that. I'm sure glad I didn't. Reading about it is bad enough.

Mar 26, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
Big Mike

Trad climber
Mar 26, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
The camelback nearly hit hikers? On the ground? Wow....


climber's near nevada...
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
this has been the lead story on ksl news out here all day too...

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends - very very sad.

Social climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 01:19am PT
Condolences to family & friends. Horrific for that family who witnessed the accident. Ghastly stuff.

The first load jumpin' into the swing shouldn't be the weight of your pet cat. Should be the same size as your carcass. As someone already noted: tie short.

Glad my 23 yr old son is on a naval frigate..........
Off White

Tenino, WA
Mar 27, 2013 - 01:24am PT
Right, because nothing bad ever happens at sea.

Err, sorry Tami...

Trad climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 01:25am PT
The mean age in here is palpable... That looked fun as hell. Kids have and always will do stupid sh#t for kicks. With or without gopros. Bummer he died.

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Boulder climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 02:04am PT
The camelback test would at least intimate having a spotter at the bottom to report how close it was.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 02:21am PT
All of a sudden a rope and a bag - looked like a small camel back- came flying down and just about hit my daughter. My husband immediately starting yelling at the people above....


Social climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 03:09am PT
hey there say, all...

:( my condolences to the family and loved ones, :(

and to the family that saw all this, as well...


Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 27, 2013 - 09:04am PT
Back when I was caving more, some friends of mine took my 100 meter static line and rigged it off a 65 ft. cliff in Austin. The rope went down to some trees across the dry creek and you lost 40 ft or more in elevation. So obviously the potential to smash into the opposite anchor and high speed was there. But they tensioned the rigging just right and the sag caught you but didn't allow you to hit the deck and you slowed down to a gentle stop at the tree. Quite the art rigging that sort of thing. You just jumped off the cliff to get on the tyrolean.

Trad climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:03am PT
I saw a several videos on youtube of people jumping off this arch. A lot of them make it look like it's a big party and then there are of course lots of comments by people wanting to do it and asking really stupid questions about how to rig it up.

Here's a scren shot from one video. It shows how's he's tied in. He has two ropes going through two Grigris and then the end of the rope after if exits the Grigri is tied into a figure 8 with the loop being clipped into a gear loop on his harness. It also appears that he's cross loading his main carabiner by having the Grigri clipped into it and then clipped through his waist belt and his leg loops rather than through the belay loop.

Some guy jumping onto Grigri
Some guy jumping onto Grigri
Credit: GuapoVino

Guy jumping onto Grigri with end of rope clipped into gear loop. Cross...
Guy jumping onto Grigri with end of rope clipped into gear loop. Cross loaded carabiner.
Credit: GuapoVino
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Parents of man killed in arch swing accident preach caution
KSL - By Viviane Vo-Duc
March 26th, 2013 @ 7:02pm

WEST JORDAN — Their son attempted to swing from Corona Arch in Moab, but a miscalculation cost him his life.

On Tuesday, Mike and Linda Stocking spoke about their 22-year-old son, Kyle Stocking, and his love for adventure. They knew they couldn’t stop him, and they have advice for thrill-seekers:

"Think about your parents, your family, your friends before you do things like this, because you might lose your life, and it’s going to absolutely devastate your family," Linda Stocking said.

The couple said their son loved life and lived it to the fullest, and they knew that he was planning to go to Moab to do the jump.

“It was something that he wanted to do,” his mother said. “I finally learned a long time ago, you cannot change your children. They are going to do what they’re going to do.”

His parents had seen the YouTube video titled “World’s Largest Rope Swing” and were apprehensive about the trip.

"I didn't think he would do it,” she said. “But when I learned he was going to do it, I almost had to block it out of my mind that he was going to go, because if I sit there and think about everything that he does, I would go crazy. It’s too scary to me. I am not adventurous.”

Their son was an experienced rock climber, but he was overly excited and undertrained for this endeavor. The day he left on his trip, his parents were heading out to California.

“Before he left, I was standing at the bottom of the stairs, and he was standing at the top (waving) and saying, ‘Goodbye, Mom.’ I said, 'OK, please be careful and take care of each other.' ”

Kyle Stocking and five friends set up a rope swing on the natural arch Sunday afternoon. They miscalculated the length of the rope, however, and Stocking hit the ground when he tried to swing, sustaining fatal injuries. His parents got a call that evening.

“I couldn’t believe it was Kyle, just, just in disbelief,” his mother said in tears.

“It was the hardest phone call I ever received,” Mike Stocking said. “It’s a surreal thing. It’s almost like an out-of-body experience. Until a person ever goes through it, they will never understand how devastating that phone call is.”

The loss of his son hasn’t sunk in yet, he said. “I’m still waiting for him to come in (at lunch), waiting for someone to say, ‘Just kidding, this isn’t real.’ ”

He said he and his family are going through the grieving process.

“I pray that the young men and women who do things like this stop to think for a moment of the risks involved and those people left behind that are going to be broken-hearted,” he said.

His wife said if someone has the desire to do something and it’s their passion, they should do it. “But just be really safe,” she said. “Go with someone who has done it before. Learn. Be taught. Don’t just dive into it, because you may lose your life.”

They don’t believe his friends had ever done the jump or any kind of test on the rope beforehand. “(The rope) stretched too far,” Linda Stocking said. “They just miscalculated quite a ways, from what we understand.”

They met with Kyle’s friends Tuesday and shared the pain from the experience. “Our hearts are broken for the horrible thing they had to witness and the long, hard drive that they had coming back, knowing that their friend was gone,” Mike Stocking said.

The Stockings say they are also grateful to the nurse who helped their son and for members of their LDS faith who gave Kyle a blessing before he passed away.

His mother wants to go visit Corona Arch. “I want to hike where it is,” she said getting very emotional. “I want to see it, I want to be where he was the last time.”

An account* has been set up in Kyle Stocking's name at Granite Credit Union to help cover funeral costs. The funds will also go toward a memorial plaque that friends and family are hoping to place at the base of Corona Arch.

The Utah Trust Lands Administration will review the request.

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:22am PT
wow Guapo...

Are those ropes damaged just above the gri^2

Mar 27, 2013 - 11:28am PT
I've done this "Rope Swing" stuff before.

I did it on a single rope.

But .... beside the point of single or double.

Why is this guy above using grigri as the main attachment point?

What is the reason for that?

I have no clue other than this is how they believe they can compensate for the length adjustment so they don't hit the ground?

Two prussiks would be more practical, and cheaper?
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:31am PT
I don't like that idea, of clipping into the gear loops. It's a weird detail but the knots couldn't go through the gri gris anyway.
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