/ Costa blanca bridge swing
Whilst doing a bit of researching come across a bridge swing video.
I don't no anything about this but it looks fun I was just wondering weather climbing harnesses and ropes are designed to take that sort of load. Just seems a bit crazy but like I say I don't know much about the strength of these things.
And is there a company running this or is it just crazy frill seekers setting it up.
I suppose the guys at Orange House can fix the jump for you.
The gear is no problem but you should know how to fix it. I organize 20 meter jumps for friends all the time.
Last time I was there-many, many years ago, all the anchors were set in place and even scaffold poles to stop your ropes dragging agains the anchor bridge when your swinging back and forth. If we'd had a (as it was at the time) 11mm rope and not two 9mm's we'd have prob done it.
It's in the middle of the Mascarat Gorge, there are good multi pitch routes starting from the bridges too.
The load for a swing is much less than you might think, much less than for a fall because the energy is spread out over a long time. Only about double that of just hanging on the rope.
It tells you where and what in the original rockfax guide for CB
definitely worth doing, great fun.
no companies doing it, something you set up yourself on your rest day and jump. As somebody above says anchors are in place. We set up with 1 climbing rope and jumped on another 1.
Two of us were once climbing El Pajarón in the gorge while a large group of very excited and extremely loud Germans were doing the bridge jump. Anyone who's climbed this route will appreciate that it's, er, 'interesting' enough without the continuous background of "eins ... zwei ... drei ... absprung!" followed by blood-curdling screams and excited whoops - which literally went on for hours ...
The only constructive comment I can add as far as the jump itself is concerned is that you seemingly end up quite close to the ground below the old bridge on the first swing, as witnessed first hand while doing some of the sport routes in the bottom of the gorge on another occasion.
I don't know which was the worst really, the "eins, zwei, drei" - or having screaming people flying past your head while you're climbing....
It's pretty safe if you jump from the right place on the bridge and have tight ropes. You're about 12m off the ground at the closest point, which does seem very close once you've fallen 40m!
6 resins bolts on the far side of the old bridge, equalise them into two points. I use two Grigris locked off, one rope tight and the second with a little slack in it, to avoid loading two single ropes at once. That would make it a much harder fall.
If you're planning on doing anything "wacky" like jumping upside down then a full body harness would be better, if not your normal climbing harness should be ok!
I totally agree with Rich, when I rigged the bridge swing a couple of year's ago for the London Mountaineering club, there are bolts and guide lines on the opposite bridge and use 2x 60 metre ropes using tied off grigri's. I used an assitant to help lower using both grigri's at the same time.
Couple of points;
If unfamilar I would release a rucksac with some weight in it first just to ensure that the above method works and everyone is familar with the set up.
Secondly, because there is weight in the ropes I would have a sling that ties in the jumper to the bridge.
Jumper ties in on slack ropes on the road side of the bridge and is checked off.
Slack taken up.
Jumper goes over the handrail and holds on.
Final slack taken from rope - should be to tension the ropes.
Jumper untied from handrail and is free to fall. The weight of the rope will pull the jumper of the bridge will stop any slips, trips or mishaps. Enjoy.
There wasn't no formal marking on the road bridge when we did it.
If you get a big enough crowd we can do this for you although with a bit of nounce you could figure it out!
We took a big group before Christmas for a night jump with glow in the dark body paint!
There was a small red mark on the outside of the railing marking the spot. Don't know if it is still there. Rich on Sam machine
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