/ NEWS: The Splat Calculator g = 9.8 m/s^2
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He's right you know!!
Besides Leo Houlding has jumped off half dome and he seems to be well chipper for it (though he did have a parachute)
UK Bouldering has a version of the Splat Calculator that calculates the odds of losing your beanie or getting mud on your Prana jockstrap.
is this actually funny?! ;)
I see it ignores friction. What would be useful to me is to know if flapping my arms and screaming like a startled chicken on the way down is of any practical benefit.
>"I see it ignores friction"
...which may be an important variable if falling from near the top of the Etive slabs.
Perhaps we need to come up with an equation that calculates square millimeters of skin removed per metre of descent.
> Perhaps we need to come up with an equation that calculates square millimeters of skin removed per metre of descent.
that would relate more to slab climbing... speaking of which on Leo's Video Diaries i was watching las tnight there is some serious skin loss going on on a font slab!
>"square millimeters of skin"
kgs of flesh might be more useful.
It might be in my case. Too many mince pies, I fear.
>"Leo's Video Diaries i was watching"
Link? It's on the Berghaus site?
> >"Leo's Video Diaries i was watching"
> Link? It's on the Berghaus site?
oh i don't know i got it off him when he was donw at cotswold hedge end doing a talk in november - i'll see if its around.
Poor effort. They might at least have tried to deal with friction on slabs, air resisitance, ripped gear and bounces on ledges.
> oh i don't know i got it off him when he was donw at cotswold hedge end doing a talk in november - i'll see if its around.
i can't find it anywhere sorry guys
Might be a good subject to bring up in the pub though.
from school physics i'd "think" you got those the wrong way round, weight is the force that gravity exerts on your mass (or something like that) and as a force it would be measured in newtons, mass is measured in kilos (i'll happily stand corrected of course)
Having tried the splat calculator for a 10000 ft fall I would be interested in knowing how far my remains would be spread if I landed on a hard surface?
Nope, you're about right and (s)he's wrong.
I think you DO reach a terminal velocity, of sorts.
About as funny as it is useful. Now that I’ve finally stopped laughing, here’s another splat calculation by Dr Carl V Phillips.
“To summarize what I have found in the health and occupational literature, the LD50 (the "dose" (distance) that kills 50% of those who experience it) seems to be about 50 feet (from a 5th or 6th story window). The arborist industry -- among the greatest experts I would suspect -- seems to put it at about 40 feet, though the collected data suggests this is only about 25% fatal. Very few deaths seem to occur for falls less than about 30 feet (the longest one I ever took, back when I was younger), and there is very little survival at 70 feet (notwithstanding the exceptional stories in this thread).
”In other words, the dose-response curve goes from almost no mortality to almost certain mortality over the course of 40 feet.”
I dont quite think you will reach terminla velocity , however ,it most probably will be terminal .
On the plus side most people falling further than 10 feet do tend to break the sound barrier ,and this is usually resrved for planes. I'm assuming that the high pitched scream is the person breaking the sound barrier.(Or a crushed bollock if the recipiant is using a whillans harness and wearing jeans.)
The splat calculator must be one of the most important advances in modern climbing. It may , however,help increase the suicide rate though !!!!!! :-)
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