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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.

Also guided rap's are fun too:
Jason Kaplan
From Glenwood ,Co
Joined Jul 31, 2005
3,606 points
Jul 15, 2009
Stabby
The bridge over Fremont Canyon can be rigged for all sorts of big swings and drops.
Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Jul 15, 2009
now yer talkin, J; wild -- off & into the dark

wtf is up that belt?

Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
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Jul 15, 2009
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I'm not sure what you mean about the belt Buff, glad you enjoyed the pics etc. Jason Kaplan
From Glenwood ,Co
Joined Jul 31, 2005
3,606 points
Jul 15, 2009
Secret Crag
Jason Kaplan wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean about the belt Buff, glad you enjoyed the pics etc.


I think he's referring to the 30 pounds of shinning metal on your belt holding your pants up ;)

EDIT. Looks like you guys had allot of fun, Cool pics
Robert 560
From The Land of the Lost
Joined Mar 28, 2008
597 points
Jul 15, 2009
...And a few Push-ups just for fun.
Yo Jason, Great Pics, It looks awesome.

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.

Keep me in the loop,
Jason
Jason Gilbert
From Lakewood
Joined Nov 22, 2002
326 points
Jul 15, 2009
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December...
You guys sure find many ways to have fun; The pics you post always make me feel like I'm there waiting my turn to get in the business! Thanks for taking the time to post! Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Joined May 25, 2005
4,468 points
Jul 15, 2009
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.

From the belayers perspective:


From the swingers perspective:
Joe Kreidel
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Dec 29, 2007
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Nov 18, 2009
fall foliage 5.7+ slab
yur gonna die!!!!1 better tie that shoe! Tparis
From Pottersville,New York
Joined Jan 19, 2007
277 points
Nov 21, 2009
In Germany we are into a more agressiv way of jumping with ropes!:. Nothing comparable to what Dean O. did but still lot´s of fun!...

Watch this:

youtube.com/v/bYE_VoGV-b0&hl




feel free to comment!

Chris Finnsome
Finnsome
Joined Nov 21, 2009
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Nov 21, 2009
Dusk at the Rim Lounge, San Rafael Swell.
The air is not nearly so big as these others, but we are using a natural arch for a rope swing . . . that's gotta be worth a couple of style points.
Not your average rope swing.
Not your average rope swing.
Bill Duncan
From Jamestown, CO
Joined Mar 30, 2005
2,890 points
Nov 25, 2009
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Thanks for posting that stuff up guys! Bill that looks like it could be set up for a jump hu? Jason Kaplan
From Glenwood ,Co
Joined Jul 31, 2005
3,606 points
Dec 4, 2009
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.
Bzen
Joined Dec 1, 2009
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Dec 5, 2009
Cool topic! Thanks for all the great vids and pics. Brandy Persson
From Vail, CO
Joined Sep 19, 2009
5 points
Jan 25, 2010
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!
ccross
From San Diego, CA
Joined Oct 2, 2008
79 points
Jan 29, 2010
Definitely big style points on the arch. Chip
From Norf Kackalacky
Joined Jan 20, 2010
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Jan 29, 2010
Finnsome, that was awesome! Now I know why I'm learning to speak German: so I can go jump off of bridges in Germany! Ich möchte dieses tun! :) jcntrl
From Smoulder, CO
Joined Jun 27, 2008
20 points
Apr 3, 2010
Bouldering in Queen's Creek, AZ
My buddy on the Alcove swing in Yosemite. GREAT way to end a day of climbing!

Scott Rice
From Colorado Springs, CO
Joined Oct 5, 2009
123 points
Apr 3, 2010


couple buddies swinging in aspen. if you try this during the day, the cops will come and kick you out...
S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
24 points
Apr 3, 2010


another video of some random kids doing the same swing
S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
24 points
Jul 18, 2010
Terradets, Spain.
The Irish version, extra points if you can understand what they're saying...

(from climbing film Underdeveloped)
Irish-Jane
From Golden
Joined Jun 26, 2008
105 points
May 15, 2014
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? Scheid
From Vail, CO
Joined Jun 28, 2013
35 points
May 15, 2014
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
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. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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May 16, 2014
God loves teenagers (without children). SavageMarmot
From Nederland, CO
Joined Jul 21, 2012
197 points
Administrator
Jun 30, 2014
Scheid wrote:
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").
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