Louisville Kind of Deep Water Soloing

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Louisville Kind of Deep Water Soloing

Post by Redpoint » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:28 am

Ok so I went on this kayaking trip today and when we got to our takeout I couldn't believe my eyes. The bridge we were at had these square panels attached to it that had fake rock protrusions all over it. The panels must have been sprayed with concrete or something similar, because they felt like limestone. There was everything from pinches, slopers, sidepulls, and jugs. There was a column next to the panels where you could even practice your laybacks. The water was 3 feet deep with a sandy bottom, and I figured if you fell it might even be safer than a bouldering pad as long as you don't pencil in.

The question is this: Do you think it's illegal to climb a bridge like that?

I know where I used to live, we started a fad of jumping off this one bridge in to the Patuxent River in Crofton Maryland, and the next thing you know the whole town was doing it. Well after the cops got wind of it they started posting up and telling people it was illegal, and I'm not sure if anyone ever did get a fine for it.

What would the charge be anyways? I imagine reckless endangerment.-'
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Post by DriskellHR » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:44 am

so where were you??? what bridge..... do tell!!
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Post by cliftongifford » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:06 am

I've got a climbing magazine that actually has directions to several bridges in the midwest where people have glued holds to the concrete to create their own cragging areas... sounds ok to me.

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Post by Jay » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:48 am

I don't understand.

I think you'll have to find some extensive reading about it in a book somewhere, then feed it back to us verbatim. :twisted:
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Re: Louisville Kind of Deep Water Soloing

Post by ahab » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:58 am

Redpoint wrote:The water was 3 feet deep with a sandy bottom, and I figured if you fell it might even be safer than a bouldering pad as long as you don't pencil in.
huh?
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Re: Louisville Kind of Deep Water Soloing

Post by bcombs » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:26 am

ahab wrote:
Redpoint wrote:The water was 3 feet deep with a sandy bottom, and I figured if you fell it might even be safer than a bouldering pad as long as you don't pencil in.
huh?
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Re: Louisville Kind of Deep Water Soloing

Post by Barnacle Ben » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:13 pm

bcombs wrote:
ahab wrote:
Redpoint wrote:The water was 3 feet deep with a sandy bottom, and I figured if you fell it might even be safer than a bouldering pad as long as you don't pencil in.
huh?
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Post by Redpoint » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:41 pm

Ya it does sound pretty wreckless doesn't it. You don't know what "penciling in" is Ahab? It means to fall in the water perfectly strait up and down, imagine dropping a pencil in to the water.

My plan to check on safety was to climb up 5 feet and fall on my back, and then climb 10 feet and fall on my back, and then 15 feet and so on. I would definitely want someone watching over me during this test in case I got hurt and started floating down the creek though.

I never did take a fall on it yesterday, but I only climbed up as high as a boulder problem, and I figured if I fell on my back from that high up in to 3 feet of water it would probably be just as effective as a bouldering pad anyhow. I mean I have jumped in to the shallow end of a pool back first to know 3 feet of water still has some pretty good cushion as long as you don't pencil in.


I would have liked to go back there today since the level would be at about 5 feet today, but I got to get ready to run Elkhorn Creek.

Sorry, the bridge is a secret until I can find out if it's legal or not, I don't want to loose my kayaking access because of some climber getting in trouble for climbing there and then the next thing you know they are towing cars from the parking spot.
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Post by DriskellHR » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:28 pm

well then you officially suck redpoint :evil:

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Post by powen01 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:54 pm

Redpoint wrote: My plan to check on safety was to climb up 5 feet and fall on my back, and then climb 10 feet and fall on my back, and then 15 feet and so on. I would definitely want someone watching over me during this test in case I got hurt and started floating down the creek though.
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Post by Redpoint » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:06 pm

Sorry powen01, since Driskel is mad at me, even though I tried to be as polite about it as possible, I volunteer him to watch me, and that way he will get access. O it isn't shit anyways, just something to do on a hot summer day, and a good workout; I got pumped after a few minutes because I kept using the pinches. The worst part is that the walls use these square panels, and they are all the same. The side I climbed on was 5 panels high, and the other side was 7 panels high, and about 35 feet tall. I never did check the depth on the other side, hopefully it is deeper on that side.
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Post by KD » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:03 am

that was my top secret spot! goddammit! all you all suck! stay outta my secret bridge spot!

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Post by jordancolburn » Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:10 pm

falling into three feet of water sounds more dangerous than just landing on a crashpad on the ground. at least a crashpad is reliable. Don't get me wrong, you can jump off a roof into three feet of water and not hit bottom, but falling while climbing you will rarely be able to pick your posistion like that.

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Post by KD » Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:25 pm

stay outta my secret deep water louisville solo spot! and DONT say where it is! goddammit!

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Post by Steve » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:16 pm

Trolls.
I see they are still lopping off mountains in Eastern Kentucky. Electricity isn't cheap.

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