/ Snakes and Ladders no more?
the bridge of death is no more? Can anyone shed any more light on what happened? I know that from about Nov/Dec 2013 the bridge was looking a bit worse for wear, but still cross-able (if you brought your big pair of balls)...
So my question is, has the bridge literally just fallen into the scree slope abover Twll Mawr?
Honestly can't believe anyone would consider the bridge worth crossing within at least the last year! Not shocked in the slightest if it has gone, and probably for the best before anyone else pushes their luck on it.
Slightly OTT thread title no?
Often? Which other slate routes have been blown down? I can only think of Illinois Enema Bandit (maybe)
Not a route, but this block came down:
I think he's making a roof joke.
Well seeing as the rest is not dissimilar to painting your house with some nice views, not really - the bridge was by far and away the best bit.
As interesting it was as a feature it's been properly unstable for a while now, if it fell without someone attached then I'd consider that a good thing!
The latest photos on UKC are from Sept 2013: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=226495
Must have been remotely safe if kids were doing it.
Why must it?
It and the ground around it were in a very poor and deteriorating state for some time. In that picture the rope appears to be attached both ends (good but the ground is deeply crevassed a long way back and the 'edges' sharp). It also appears to be clipped to a sling mid span, if the bridge falls at least one end of the rope will likely fail as the bridge loads it up and perhaps the anchor(s). Perhaps at that point the person on the bridge is left with a ton or more of steel hanging from their harness or trapped under it against sharp steep scree... and that's assuming at least one strand/belay survives. I know I'm a bit of a coward but 'safe' is not a word I would use, 'death-trap' is.
A few friends tried it last weekend. The bridge is no more! Half of it's disappeared in to the void and the other half's bent down a fair bit. Would require a serious construction effort to get it back in a climbable state.
It's about climbing ladders and snaking through tunnels. The BoD was almost contrived in that sense.
I did the bridge on November 17th 2013, it flexed ALOT and I am not surprised that it has now fallen
Yeah that's the rule!
I did this route 25/1/14 and the bridge was looking much worse than the picture from Sept 2013. I have submitted a photo and will post link when approved. Wouldn't be surprised it's gone now.
Wonder if it could be replaced with a tyrolean traverse. Even if it's just a rope between 2 stakes or something.
Picture as promised from late Jan:
It's partly about climbing ladders (chains) and tunnels, partly about having a lovely time watching your mates poo themselves on the bridge. The latter was the best bit!
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