The_Original_Roxtar: the last zipline I was on, the "brake" consisted of the thick leather gloves you were wearing. going too fast? grab the cable.this also seems the kind of thing you test with a big bag of rocks before riding.
abhorrent1: His zip line ended 20 feet up a tree? Even if the brakes worked you still have a 20 foot drop at the end. Someone didn't put much thought into their dresign
child_god: abhorrent1: His zip line ended 20 feet up a tree? Even if the brakes worked you still have a 20 foot drop at the end. Someone didn't put much thought into their dresignMaybe he thought his weight would drag the zipline down enough for him to just lightly touch down to stop. Gravity, how does it work? I imagine he just picked up speed and slammed into the tree, then crumpled to the ground.
JoieD'Zen: Who was holding his beer when he did this?
Muta: Ziplines look lame. Anyone here try one? Are they less lame than they look?
Cyno01: Ziplines can have brakes?
Easy Reader: Sounds like he didn't realize he had another 150# on him since the last time he tried something like that, many years ago.In Costa Rica, the zip line brakes were just heavy gloves with reinforced palms or forked sticks. Just grabbed the cables near the end.
Metal: Did a ho-made zip line once, luckily ended on a branch away from the tree trunk. You did a 10ft cartwheel before ending in some crippling position.
dittybopper: [product-images.highwire.com image 850x850]What a Maiden run might look like.
pkrzycki: My cousins made a zipline on their farm when I was in 5th or 6th grade. A tree had been struck by lightening in the summer and it split the tree down the middle so that half of the trunk acted as a ramp to walk up. They used an old wooden pulley from the barn with a wooden handle wired to it as the glide apparatus and thick bailing wire from the hay bailer as the line itself... It was all fine until the last run of the day when I jogged up the ramp to get one more go right before we went inside for dinner. I jumped off about 30 feet up in the tree and the wooden handle snapped in half...Next thing I know, I woke up on the ground, coughing up blood... Luckily, that was only because the fall had jarred loose a nosebleed from the day before and there was no serious injury...I was apparently unconscious for about 30 seconds before I came to and started coughing up blood, because they thought I was dead when I was just laying there not moving at all./tl-dr
pkrzycki: A tree had been struck by lightening in the summer and it split the tree down the middle so that half of the trunk acted as a ramp to walk up.
staplermofo: Pffft, brakes? Did Busta Rhymes worry about brakes when he wrote Arab Money? Fark no! And look at him now. Smell him. Experience him. Take his lifeforce into you. ... ... ...Can you walk away now? Thought so.
staplermofo: And that boy's name was Alfred Tyson, older brother to Neil Degrasse Tyson. And now you know the rest of the story. I'm staplermofo, good day.
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