|Swinging Rope Jumping 01.12.07|
|Written by Mkhitar Mkitaryan|
|Friday, 25 April 2008|
I can say rope jumping is quite far from bungee jumping too. Bungee cord diameters are about from 50mm to 90mm and are tested for 500 jumps or more, yet the climbing single rope diameters are from 9,8mm to 11mm and are tested only for 10-13 falls with a fall factor-2 (UIAA standards, at least 5 falls with a fall factor-2).
However, there are much fewer rope jumpers in Dan Osman’s rope jumping style than even BASE jumpers.
It was the cold morning of the first day of winter when Bagrat, Sahak (web master), Gevorg (assistant :), Yulia (photographer), David (operator) and me gathered on Davidashen bridge in Yerevan (100m high).
We intended to perform the first swinging rope jumping in Armenia. As we did it for the first time it was decided to perform it swinging. Bagrat and me jumped with 33m slack rope and had really cool feelings.
Later when I showed the shooting to others almost everybody – men, women, old and young – told “I want to try it as well”. Some people said ‘it’s madness’ but I do not agree with them. After making a serious competent calculation it’s not more dangerous than passing the street, driving the car, traveling by plane or swimming in lake that everybody does or let his kids do. For sure it is safe only and only in case it is made by competent experts!
Next time we are planning to jump 40m with vertical trajectory doubled rope. So wait for the next article.