/ Airforce jets surprising you
This post was prompted by a woman on the radio today who explained how she was encouraged to climb to the top of one of the Langdale Pikes with her son.
Once they had got there, wearing hi-vis jackets by the way, an airforce jet came down the valley, below them. She was enthralled, to the extent that she waved at the pilot. That resulted in this, when the pilot had completed his run down the valley, he turned around, went back up the valley & he waggled his wings which she thinks was a return salute to herself. (Female wishes)
Now, you may all be wondering why this is on the Rocktalk site. so here is the reason. I was climbing in Glen Coe, on a pitch that was giving me problems when I was assaulted (that is the only word to describe it) by an RAF jet which caused me to lose my concentration & almost fall.
Has anyone ever fallen off the climb because of the jets?
No but once watched three Hercules transports fly past below me while sat on the Napes Needle.
no, but once climbing in rosyth quarry a quite large remote controlled plane crashed about 6 feet to my right as i was mid crux, this alarmed me a little. not as bad as the usual problems climbing there though- being shot/stabbed etc.
...sorry bad joke. Don't worry, I'm already on my way to the donation box.
I was buzzed on the summit of Mt Earnslaw in NZ southern alps by a helicopter - turned out the pilot who was due along there anyway had been asked to check up on us by the bloke we were staying with! Could have picked us up if you ask me!
> no, but once climbing in rosyth quarry a quite large remote controlled plane crashed about 6 feet to my right as i was mid crux, this alarmed me a little. not as bad as the usual problems climbing there though- being shot/stabbed etc.
>> OK, I won't advise Rosyth to anyone. But today I saw a youngster in the field behind us with a flying orange disc which he was able to control remotely. He had his dog chasing it and confused the dog when the kid's UFO did it's turns & swoops. Imagine if he becomes a climber,or a climb watcher, the chaos that he could cause! I know, have seen climbers watching rivals from below using binoculars, to see how well they did.
Is it possible that rivalry be reach the point where a climber is doing very well, only for a rival to send an orange disc around his head?
That's me gone today, her indoors calls.
Whilst soloing Hadrian's Wall on the Ben I heard a rumble that became a roar and honestly thought I was about to be taken out by an avalanche. I clung on really tightly and tried to flatten myself against the ice.
It turned out to be a raf jet. The relief was immense but it took me quite a while to regain my composure and get going again.
An Apache helicopter once fired a Hellfire missile at me while I was climbing Green Crack at Windgather. Luckily, I was wearing my helmet. Be safe out there folks.
Saw them close to Harrison Stickle - then they disappeared behind before coming tight over the top of Pavey Ark, coming straight down the face so in the bottom of the valley I could see the whole tops of the helicopters, disappear from view, followed by silence as they must have been going close of Stickle Tarn, then reappearing hugging the ground alongside Stickle Ghyll, then along Great Langdale as low as they could go before pulling up a lot to clear the trees next to the campsite at Chapel Stile.
I was glad I wasn't on Pavey |Ark as they came down/over.
I don't think the military does low flying on the weekends unless it is a rescue helicopter.
I got buzzed by a lot of gnats at the Roaches this summer
Thankfully i've always seen them before you feel the blast enabling me to stop get a good grip and brace myself,very off putting though especially on delicate climbs many pitches off the ground.
Jealous now, we've got no little men painted on the side of our Helicopters. Time to start hovering over Anglezarke and increase that body count ;-)
The F18s come from the airfield at Sion, and can't go very far before having to turn to avoid entering Italian or French airspace, so it looks like continuous dogfights.
Not exactly climbing, but at Blair Athol scout camp this summer, RAF hercules planes would fly over the site every couple of days, getting lower and lower each time. When out on an activity in the nearby hills, one did a fly by and we were higher than it, and we were only a few hundred feet up.
We suspect they were using the site as practice for aiming cargo drops out the back but still quite impressive to watch. The lowest pass, there was a guy hanging out the door taking photos and could wave at individual people. an impressive sight anyways
Once when I was on a delicate thin slab climb (F6c) in Switzerland, a Mirage fighter came low and very fast over the ridge. The noise and the surprise made it feel like an explosion and I guess(ed) that had I been in a difficult section of the route, I would have fallen. Did not happen though, fortunately I was on a good stance with reasonable handholds at that moment.
Army don't fly Chinook, it is the wannabes from the RAF.
Was climbing in avon gorge in the summer and had a spitfire doing loops above the gorge. Awesome sound. I did fall off ... lots actually... and ... yeah....was totally the plane's fault :) not my feebly girly arms. no sir.
I thought the fixed-wing big aircraft were the easy option, rather than rotary death machines?
I was once buildering in New York with a girl I'd picked up and kept on being buzzed by bi-planes until I fell off.
That's what you think - the video is on 619 squadron website :O)
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