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Offline AvengingAngel007

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tightrope walking
« on: 20/10/2003 19:44:27 »

If I were to balance on a tightrope (100 feet up in the air over a snowy landscape) and fall, what are my chances of survival and what types of injury can I expect to incur?


 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #1 on: 20/10/2003 21:26:26 »
Too many variables. More importantly, why do you ask?
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #2 on: 20/10/2003 23:58:08 »
What, are you joining the circus? David Blaine and Avenging Angel. 100 feet is alot higher than people think. Expect to break some stuff. Take pictures for us. :)
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #3 on: 21/10/2003 00:51:31 »
I guess it would depend upon how deep the snow is and how soft - if sufficiently deep and sft you might survive ! Chances are though you'd start an avalanche or be buried and suffocate.

Either way I'd not like to try it. But do feel free to go ahead and try it [}:)]

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #4 on: 21/10/2003 03:39:53 »
Trying to drum up business Chris?[}:)]
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #5 on: 21/10/2003 14:15:35 »
AA....007, what's with the obsession over falling? This is your second post on the subject. Having spent most of my life climbing mountains, you might say I'm somewhat intimate with the subject. Or. conversely, I'm intimate with NOT falling. Regarding a 100 foot fall into snow, my experience is you'd be quite dead, or wishing you were dead. It's amazing how often people under (over?) estimate the impact of a long fall on snow. Soft, rarely!! Hard, coarse and like a cheese grater is more like it........you can imagine the outcome of a high speed slide or drop on a cheese grater, yikes!!
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #6 on: 21/10/2003 19:46:46 »
Where do you / have you been climbing Pappy ?

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« Reply #7 on: 21/10/2003 20:56:31 »
Chris - mostly in North America (USA, Canada, Alaska) and a bit in S. America and Nepal. I have yet to cross "the pond" and climb in Europe. Sure hope to soon though.
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #8 on: 21/10/2003 20:59:50 »
Done a lot of hill walking, but I've never done any climbing. I should think it's good fun. It has a reputation for being a danger sport, but do you think that's justified ? Have you ever had an accident ?

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« Reply #9 on: 21/10/2003 21:20:22 »
Chris - Boy, your question could really open a can of worms. This topic creates a lot of discussion even within the climbing community. I think the level of danger is relative to the level and type of climbing one decides to engage in. And, of course, one's climbing skill and the ability to assess current conditions and hazards. Much like driving, your risk of an accident is related to your driving skills and judgement. And again, much like driving, some accidents are unavoidable. Thankfully, I have avoided any serious accidents. But sadly, over the years, I have lost a couple of good friends to the activity. It's odd that such a pointless activity can engage one so completely that you're willing to risk life and limb to participate. I wonder at my sanity at times..........but yet, the activity has taken me around the globe and I've met some incredible people over the years. Thanks for asking!
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #10 on: 22/10/2003 13:21:31 »
Pappy - welcome to the forum - please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you found us ! Can you do this under 'Chat' at the bottom - I've posted a message there accordingly !

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #11 on: 26/11/2003 22:57:38 »
The Burton snowboarding company has many videos of people falling farther than 100ft into snow and living. The biggest question you have to ask is what type of grade are you planning on landing on? 100ft into 15ft powder on a 70 degree grade would shoot you out with an incredible amount of V. You would survive if you knew how to snowboard.

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« Reply #12 on: 27/11/2003 01:28:14 »
Most snow boarders don't deserve to live - that aside, those videos are shot under perfect conditions. Anything less than powder snow and a good run out is usually fatal. Enter the real world of falling off mountains!
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #13 on: 27/11/2003 23:54:21 »
I take it that your significant other left you for a boarder? Yes perfect conditions are hard to find, but thats why they are refered to as blue bird days. Rare is a thing of beauty no?

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« Reply #14 on: 29/11/2003 15:56:08 »
Ah, pretty creative "GlacierBlue," for a boader that is. Keep those knuckles bandaged. Oh, and always board out of bounds when the avy hazard is big............I love natural selection and Darwin would have loved boarders!
 

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #15 on: 29/11/2003 22:20:58 »
That's great, I love it. :D

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #16 on: 30/11/2003 20:07:03 »
Funny...natural selection as evidenced by people doing stupid stuff. Actually I like to think about all of the really intelligent people being to busy to get laid. No wonder the world is in the state it is, all the stupid people are breeding like rabbits whilst the Einstiens of the world are doing research and boarding in there spare time. :-)

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Re: tightrope walking
« Reply #17 on: 30/11/2003 21:01:59 »
Good effort - I like that even more !! :D

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