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Friday Freakout – Super Sketchy Zipline BASE Jump

An evening pause: By the title I suppose this should scheduled for Friday but why wait. Note too that I couldn’t watch it all the way through. I know too much about how to do this right, and this idiot does nothing right at all.

But for those adrenal freaks out there, the video will give you a kick.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Mitch S.

    Oh, by the way the cable you’re hanging off of is really two cables crudely spliced together…
    Wonder if the Russian/Soviet gov’t put it up on purpose to weed out the nutcases!
    (More seriously I wonder if the cable is a Cold War relic meant to snag enemy planes)

  • Chris

    I love the “technique” of sliding his hand in front of the clip where fingers easily slide under at speed for crude amputation.

  • “Steempy, you are an Ediot!”

  • Skunk Bucket

    The kid literally pisses himself. (Easily seen at 2:01) Their little misadventure was not well planned.

  • Skunk Bucket: One thing I know about carabiners. They are not designed as rappel devices on metal cables. I could easily have seen that biner worn enough on this short journey for it to break at the wear point.

  • wayne

    I’m just a psych-major, but even I know that Physics, plays a huge role in all this. (“what, could possibly go wrong…”)
    Chris– holy-cow!

    This, is more my speed:

    Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour / Las Vegas
    ( “1.6 miles of line”)

  • jburn

    Yes, they are insane risk takers — the sort of wild boys that push it to the edge and beyond.
    I’ve had several friends which were that way; I outlived them.
    Perhaps it’s just part of the DNA makeup that pushes some folks, always, to the next horizon.
    Nature is similarly and relentlessly expansive.

  • Dean Hurt

    Future winners of a Darwin Award after they weed themselves out the human gene pool!

  • Mike

    Oh man, the part where the biner ate his glove and then the following zipping down the line was enough to make me queasy.
    I do like how you can hear the fear in his breathing when he gets to that splice!
    Thanks Robert that was better than coffee for my morning wake up.

  • Lee Stevenson

    I need to re-watch this, some of the editing is problematic, and for a zipcord this long to be abused like that…. I smell some fakery here… As Bob said, a slide that long could probs cut thru a carabena before he got half way! Metal is an excellent tool for cutting thru metal!

  • Lee Stevenson

    Plus he’s russian and lands in a potato field… Which made me giggle!!

  • Lee Stevenson

    And finally the landing… I’ve done parachute jumps… You don’t come in that fast at that angle and just stop…. Your gonna roll…. I call shinanigans! … Entertainment none the less!

  • Jerry E Greenwood

    Something I would have done in my youth. I did crazier things. “Been there, done that” . I have no patience so I would have cut away rather than waiting the half hour for the biener to cool down enough to touch. I’d just retrieve it on the next go around or use it for bragging rights.

    Bob, you need to watch it to the end.

  • Alex Andrite

    Hey Boot ….
    Empty bladder before you step to the door.

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