Sunday, February 05, 2012

Looney on the Ropes.

It doesn't matter much if old folk die, so why not?  All this takes place about 20 feet off the ground.






11 comments:

Delirious said...

Yikes! You are braver than me!!

Rummuser said...

Is that you? Just what is going on? I would give one year's pension to be able to do that!

Looney said...

Yes, the pictures are of me.

A group from our church went to a camp in the Redwood forest for a weekend. This camp had this rope course. The course is a series of wood steps and obstacles hung by cables so that they are always moving a bit. The goal is to walk across, even though it is suspended high off the ground.

The group ahead of us was a large ladies group, so I watched a dozen women do this before I went. Being a male hyper-chauvinist, I had to prove I could do it too ...

After me were about 8 from my group, but I went first. There were about 30 people watching to make things more nervous. We had to climb up footholds to the platform on one side. The hooks for our climbing harness were then changed so that we would be caught if we fell. I didn't lose my balance, but it was nice to have the safety rope!

There were two see-saw things to walk over which would flip, and then the rotating barrel. A few people were walking on this while it spun, but then it would spin too fast and they would fall off. I just jumped on a little to the other side and let it roll down.

They told me I went across in about 45 seconds. My mind was too focused to pay attention! At the end, you jump off and slide down a rope. Looking at the picture again, we may have been about 30 feet up, but you know about jumping from 30 feet up as I recall ... :-)

Dee Ice Hole said...

There was a time in my life I would have loved to do that---it left when the medications I am on for cholesterol make me dizzy when you least expect it. I quit taking them a week ago and maybe this will go away.

Inklings said...

You are way braver than me, which I have never doubted. I took a group of young women from church to a ropes course near here, but I declined to try it myself as I watched in amazement at my daughter and her friends doing it all.

Rummuser said...

What is the purpose of the rope course? Focus?

Looney said...

The psychologists would describe the purpose of doing a rope course as something to do with mind over emotions. Fear of heights has to be overcome. There was a push a few years back to get company management teams from Silicon Valley companies up on the ropes like this to do some sort of bonding, particularly if the obstacles required cooperation to overcome.

I tend to view it more as a base sort of thrill seeking. Something I am easily enticed into doing!

Marf said...

Wow. I don't think I'd like to do that. You're not in any real danger of falling because of the safety harness, but you can still get pretty scraped up if you slip.

Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

I was going to ask if the courageous guy in the pictures was you, but you have already answered my question...

Man, you like danger, eh? The good side of it is: you look good for an "old folk", really.

I wouldn't be able to do that, not even if I'd be in my menopause (when women go a bit crazy).

Cheer

Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

I would have like to have seen a blog post produced from a laptop while resting up there...;)

Looney said...

Russ, they promised to have a wireless internet up and running next time!