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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 28 10:19 PM

September 29, 2008: Falls Fall

Salmon do the upstream thing better than people... they even manage to get up waterfalls.
Albert Leichtfried and Markus Bendler climb waterfalls all over the world, by cheating... they wait until they are frozen. The waterfalls, not the climbers.

Hermann Erber was taking pictures of the dynamic duo, climbing this hundred meter high frozen falls in Japan, when the entire right side of the falls collapsed. Fortunately they were climbing the left side, and although the climb had to be aborted, they got down safely, probably changed underwear, and hiked out of there.



They went back a couple days later, but the temperature had risen, so they gave it up. Good move, I think.



Elspode  Sunday Sep 28 11:21 PM

Gee, why don't they find something *really* dangerous to do? Pussies.



zippyt  Sunday Sep 28 11:36 PM

Good thing they were whearing Dark pants !!!!!



SPUCK  Monday Sep 29 03:48 AM

Another amazing shot by Hermann Erber, the photographer and sling shot aficionado.


Probably the same guy who threw corn bread on the lily pads.



Sundae  Monday Sep 29 04:37 AM

Serves them right for cheating I say.
Great photo.



glatt  Monday Sep 29 09:13 AM

My sister has done frozen waterfall climbing. They have these really cool screws they use to drive into the ice as they climb instead of hammering a small piton into the ice. Piton wouldn't hold and would tend to chip off the ice.

The screws are basically hollow pipe with coarse threads, and the tip of the screw is toothed, like a hole saw. So as the screw cuts its way into the ice, the hollow center of the screw allows the waste ice a place to exit, so the screw doesn't tend to split the ice and weaken it. Ice is not a strong material, so climbing it is a challenge.

A climber needs a whole set of screws of different lengths in order to do an ice climb, but the screws are really expensive. You can easily have $1000 worth of screws for one climb. Not a sport you can easily just try out.



Sheldonrs  Monday Sep 29 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by glatt View Post
My sister has done frozen waterfall climbing. They have these really cool screws they use to drive into the ice as they climb instead of hammering a small piton into the ice. Piton wouldn't hold and would tend to chip off the ice.

The screws are basically hollow pipe with coarse threads, and the tip of the screw is toothed, like a hole saw. So as the screw cuts its way into the ice, the hollow center of the screw allows the waste ice a place to exit, so the screw doesn't tend to split the ice and weaken it. Ice is not a strong material, so climbing it is a challenge.

A climber needs a whole set of screws of different lengths in order to do an ice climb, but the screws are really expensive. You can easily have $1000 worth of screws for one climb. Not a sport you can easily just try out.

So what I've gleened from this is your sister gives $1,000.00 screws on ice. That about right?


Sundae  Monday Sep 29 10:23 AM

Crikey Shel, show some compassion.
His sister was screwed on 9/11 dontcha know



glatt  Monday Sep 29 10:25 AM

Actually it's her boyfriend with the $1000 worth of screws. She's just along for the ride. [/straight man]



birdclaw  Monday Sep 29 11:23 AM

They are lucky they made it out. You really shouldn't hang around in the abominable snowman's territory.



Shawnee123  Monday Sep 29 12:02 PM

Yeah, they don't bounce like Bumbles do!



monster  Monday Sep 29 02:19 PM

Recipe for Human Slurpees

Take two climbers, one frozen waterfall and apply an avalanche. Garnish with a Kleenex for the poster whose Slurpee was spilled by an avalanche on 9/11.



Gravdigr  Monday Sep 29 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by zippyt View Post
Good thing they were whearing Dark pants !!!!!
No, no, no. See, it was a month before they could shit again. When the ice fall fell (?) their assholes slammed shut with such force and finality that there was no way they could have shat their pants.


sweetwater  Monday Sep 29 04:01 PM

I think I see a (frozen) dolphin.



lumberjim  Monday Sep 29 04:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Yeah, they don't bounce like Bumbles do!



Shawnee123  Tuesday Sep 30 09:32 AM




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