So who's done it or is into it? I've got a friend who climbs who is into setting up zip lines, he likes the idea of doing big swings and I'm sure rope jumps if we can find a good place to set one up.
He told me of this zip line he set up over clear creek a little while back and sent me a video of it:
It sounded like fun and I found I had some free time this Sunday with nothing to do. I would have normaly gone climbing but it was a bit nasty out and I really need to get my shoes re-soled before I get to the rand. I decided to call my friend up to try to get the zip line set up and he was game.
We arrived to a bit of rain but after a 30 min. wait we were back to partly cloudy. We decided to go for it so we went and set up as quick as we could as it was already around 4. While setting up a large group of my friends showed up. We had 10 different people jump, upto/ over 200 lbs. It was a blast. We had another jump we wanted to do but it was dark when everyone had gotten 1 jump in. We had it mostly pre rigged before it was dark so all we had to do is re-direct the pull of the rope through another anchor. We did the other jump in the dark, and it has a bigger free fall then the first. This was my first time but the talk of a 30-45' free fall before being caught sounded like a blast. So we did it and it was great.
Enjoy the pics:
you can see the bigger point in one of the pictures where people are sitting out on the point we jumped off at night.
Let me know if you guys are heading back out, I'd be stoked to tag along and get some swings in. I've been wanting to do the big swing up at Fremont for a couple years. A few smaller swings around here would be great fun.
I just filmed these yesterday on Mt. Lemmon. After lowering from a very steep sport route that starts on a ledge about 80 feet up, you can climb up to the second or third bolt...and let go! Not as big or bold as other swings or jumps, but a ton of fun.
Nice post Jason. Seems you're always out there gettin' it done!
Steve showed me a pic of you on a tall, skinny mud tower (I think it was you) with the capstone. Super! most inspiring pick I've seen in ages! I was showing my friends that and going "how cool is this?" before I even met you.
Finnsome, that was great! Not as tall as Dan, but same principle, and looked just as much fun. Do you prussick back up? Was that the authorities kicking you out at the end? I don't think I could get myself to do these, so thanks for posting videos and pictures!
By Stich From Colorado Springs, Colorado May 15, 2014
I still have a 200 ft. static rope we used to set up a zip line off a 65 ft. cliff in Barton Creek in Austin. My friends rigged it between two trees with just the right amount of tension to have you stop slowly right at the downhill tree. Jumping off the cliff was awesome! No water that day as I recall.
Does anyone know what the law is regarding bridge swinging in Colorado? I did some digging and couldn't find anything. Any first hand experience?
I would venture to say if a cop drives by and someone is swinging off a bridge, there is a reasonable chance s/he will stop, especially if you live in a metro area. Supposed it depends on the cop. I doubt there is a law in many, if any, states that explicitly say rigging a rope swing on a bridge is illegal, but cops have a way of molding non-applicable laws to suit whatever activity you are doing to "prove" that you are breaking the law (e.g. "disorderly conduct").