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By David Bolanos
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Jul 29, 2013

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By ze_dirtbag
From TBD
Jul 29, 2013
cottonmouth

what is this "knot way" you speak of?


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By David Sahalie
From on the road again
Jul 29, 2013

The 'one bad thing' is rope wear on the rock? People have died there dude.


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By Whippersnapper
Jul 29, 2013

David Sahalie wrote:
The 'one bad thing' is rope wear on the rock? People have died there dude.


So what do you want him to do about it "dude"?

People have died lots of places so stop crying about it Dave.


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By David Sahalie
From on the road again
Jul 29, 2013

Not crying, just have some respect.


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By Chris Schmidt
From Moab/SW CO
Jul 29, 2013

Do you remember the lengths of the cordalettes/webbing from all 5 of the bolts to equalize an anchor from the 5 bolts


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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Jul 29, 2013
Me scaring years off my mom's life

And don't forget some sort of rope protector for the part of the rope that runs under the arch. We used a 20 foot piece of clear, hard plastic tubing from Home Depot and it worked great. We were able to get both of our ropes through it.


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By Austin Baird
From SLC, Utah
Jul 29, 2013
Me scaring years off my mom's life

David Bolanos wrote:
Thanks to Thad who was there to double check me and give me some helpful tips.


I thought they had their guiding permit pulled for jumping off Corona. Did they get it back?


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By clay meier
Jul 29, 2013
Thats Me

David Bolanos wrote:
I was up there on my own. He just happened to be there with a different group and I had asked him to please double check me since I was with inexperienced friends


Was he also flying a pirate flag?


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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Jul 30, 2013
modern man

David Sahalie wrote:
The 'one bad thing' is rope wear on the rock? People have died there dude.


why do you hate Darwin's theories so much Davey?


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By MojoMonkey
Jul 30, 2013

Rope grooves in the arch, fire hose helpfully left up there, inexperienced folks hucking themselves off and hoping for the best - sounds like a party!


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By zenetopia
Jul 30, 2013

"One bad thing I did see was the cuts and groves on the actual arch from use. We need to find a way to protect the arch from rope wear or we could lose it."

How about not jumping from it?


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By Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Jul 30, 2013

Mmmmmm, swinging from an arch can't be construed in any way as preserving it. Not damaging it is about as much as you can claim... Don't get greedy dude.


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By nicelegs
From Denver
Jul 30, 2013

"As a rock climber..."

That sir, is a load of horseshit. You are no more of a rock climber than the kids you see at the wall in rental harnesses and bike helmets. You've been out a handful of times and think it, along with swinging from shit, is pretty cool.

You aren't part of the tribe yet, you've got nothing invested. The only people here giving you positive feedback are noobs and semi-noobs. Personally, I don't care what you do, I'd just like you to shut up about it. And for fucks sake, don't lump yourself in with people like me and my friends.


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By Andy Novak
From Golden, Co
Jul 30, 2013
Living the High Life.

David Bolanos wrote:
well as a rock climber and adventure enthusiast, I canít not do it. I like enjoying life too much.


Yawn.


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By grog m
Jul 30, 2013
Hueco

Welcome to Mountain Project David Bolanos! I promise there are actually a lot of nice climbers out there. Mostly haters up in here. For the record you're a rock climber if you climb any rocks really...every rock climber had to start somewhere. Nicelegs has a pretty weak profile so I wouldn't worry too much about what he says.


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By Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Jul 30, 2013

David Bolanos wrote:
Boissal:I'm not claiming 100% preservation. As a rock climber, you should understand this. If you are so worried about preserving everything then dont eat meat, dont drive, dont use electricity, dont go hiking or rock climbing, dont drink coffee, dont eat anything with corn, dont buy anything that uses any natural resources or is shipped in any way, etc etc etc etc. I am using bolts that are already placed. Iím not adding anything or taking anything. I tried my best to limit my impact on the arch. "How about not jumping from it?" you and others might ask... well as a rock climber and adventure enthusiast, I canít not do it. I like enjoying life too much. The least I can do, however, is to do my part and damage it as least as possible while still doing it. Sound weird but that is what enjoying the mountains/environment is all about.

As a rock climber I understand that swinging from an arch isn't rock climbing. And you can't not do it? Bitch please, feel free to justify your actions as you please, however you should realize that dangling on ropes below sandstone formations doesn't exactly make you George Mallory.
How about you preserve my sanity and refrain from posting the inevitable GoPro footage of your ass spewing a string of extreme words as you swing around. Because that's why you did it right, to post about it on the internet? So someone can validate your fun? We both know adventure in the outdoors can only be enjoyed by drenching others in your spray...


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By ScoRo
From Portland, OR
Jul 30, 2013
Ahhhh, remember the hair and pay tribute to it.

You guys should spend more energy on this.


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By Sir Spanxalot
Jul 30, 2013
no

Haha. I remember being 23! I still wish I could kick that kids ass, and let him in on the secrets of charming the pants of a woman.

Yeah Brosif, awesome spray about the rope swing! You did hear about the kid that splattered himself all over the place just this spring right? Righteous!

BTW, You can climb rocks, and you can be a climber, they are not necessarily interchangeable. Investment means you know your shit cause shit's gone down and you have "battle scars". Doubt you'll understand til you mature and the testosterone eases back into equilibrium. Have fun, try to stay safe, don't die!


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By Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Jul 30, 2013

David Bolanos wrote:
1453 points, 43 recent site contributions, and I have uploaded pictures of my gear and all my climbs.

Pictures of items for sale, 1000 beta posts and 453 occurrences of calling a bitch a bitch. You want to keep helping me bump up that last number?


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By Mark Mueller
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 30, 2013
Great quality rock on this one!

this thread.


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By Erik W
From Bay Area, CA
Jul 30, 2013
North face of Ama Dablam - taken on approach to Kongma La.

David Bolanos wrote:
... Of course. That's why my Mountain Project profile shows that I have...


Poor judgement to raise that point, kid. Boissal looks to have been on here since 2006 (and, as such, I'm guessing was prob on climbingmoab.com before then). So, yeah, he's contributed in that time. You've been on here less than a month and are already getting called out for spraying. Not a good start.


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By ben jammin
From Moab, UT
Jul 31, 2013
Aesthetics

David Bolanos wrote:
I did it to experience it myself. I'm posting about it to encourage others to try it.


Yeah, save it before someone else goes out and doesn't have Thad to check his figure eight for him.


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By Greg D
From Here
Jul 31, 2013
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W. <br />

Look kid. People have been swinging on rope swings for centuries. Please take your "yippie mom, I did a rope swing" to the yippie mom I did a rope swing blog post twitter please validate my huge accomplishment dot nobody cares website.


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By David Bolanos
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Jul 31, 2013

That's weird. I could have sworn I posted on the forum called "Trip Reports-Your stories, epics, and adventures." What kind of stuff am I suppose to post here if not about my adventure? Did I ever say I was the first one to do this? Why do you post pictures. No one cares. People have been climbing for hundreds of years.


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By Kevin Soleil
Jul 31, 2013

After seeing the subject of this thread I was interested to read it, partly because of the unfortunate events of this past year and partly because of my own personal investment recreating and "enjoying" Corona Arch.

David B, from your original post, it would seem from your lack of use of specific technical language "the traverse way" and your "two friends who have only climbed once before" that it would be only fair to assume that you are fairly new to climbing and rigging technical systems. This is fine as we were all new at one point or another.

There are quite a few folks who contrary to Guideline #1 have given you a hard time about what you wrote rather than explain why this bothers them so much.

When major incidents occur such as the death of Kyle Stocking at Corona Arch this past March; fox13now.com/2013/03/25/one-dead-in-corona-arch-rope-swing-s>>>
www.moabsunnews.com/news/article_5b0b7bde-963d-11e2-8025-001>>>
what tends to happen (in addition to the tragedy) is that climbers (or in this case rope swingers) in general get a bunch of negative press that effects everyone poorly. Limited access issues sometimes arise and in some cases guiding business suffer and public recreation opportunities suffer.

With guiding access to Corona Arch already revoked (to my latest knowledge), it seems to me only a matter of time until the next tragic accident and the bolted anchors are pulled.

With access in jeopardy, and your seemingly inexperienced post, people are quick to pounce on you as the reason for all that is wrong with climbing and why the public view climbers as irresponsible and dangerous.

That being said, my advice is this: Keep being stoked! It only gets better... provided you don't kill yourself accidentally... Seek qualified instruction, be it from a guide, peer mentor, books or other sources. I recommend Rock Climbing Mastering Basic Skills by Craig Lluben or Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills to start.

Critics and know-it-alls, it's much easier to hurl shame and blame at the "noob" than it is to take the responsibility that comes with your knowledge and actually teach something that will help someone else. Not one link or mention of anything helpful to keeping David B. alive was posted out of two pages of junk. Lame.

Thanks if you got this far. Time for bed.


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