mountain climbing

mountain climbing

Post by Robin Clark » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00


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       \ /
               |
          _    |
    Wind  /|   |
         /     |
               |        _/
        / \     _/##
              \Q/   _/####
        |  _/######
       / \/########
             ----#########
           _/#############
          /###############

Picture this:
A kiteflyer with a rather large (for example C-quad 3.2?) kite is standing
on a steep slope.  There is a stiff breeze blowing up the hill.  The
_natural_ position for a kite if left to it's own is to hang up at the top
of the window, at close to 90 degrees to the wind.  Though in this case,
allowing the kite to do this would (I assume) cause it to collapse, and fly
down.  This person however has a 4-line kite, and adjusts the position of
the kite till it's hovering (now with an immense pull) directly above him.
Assuming it's a rather large kite, and he's not a sumo wrestler, this should
lift him up...?
Has anyone ever done this?  Of course you have!; what I'm really asking is
just how safe is this/can you use this as an easy way to climb a mountain?
(or come down from one!)
Okay, it's just pretending to paraglide with a kite, but I'm sure it's
possible, and people have done it, so I was just wondering what their
experiences were!

           <===$$$===>
            \       /
             \     /     ________
              \   /     /########
               \ /     /#########
                |     |##########

                 \oo/ |##########
                   |   \#########
                  / \   \########
                =/   \=  \#######
                          \######
                              |##
The rock climber of the future uses a kite to overcome an overhang!

p.s. I thought I'd got these Asci-art drawings quite well in notepad, but
now the viewer's changed the font width, and screwed them all up...  paste
them into notepad and they should look okay!  (or tell me how to make them
look right here!)

 
 
 

mountain climbing

Post by Jean Lemir » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Hi Robin, hi folks.

Try using a non proportionnal font.

As for the use of a kite to help mountain climbing, play safe.  If the wind
dies and you are not secured you migth fall and not only on your bottom but
find yourself at the bottom of the slope as well.

Wind or no wind, fly for fun :-)

Jean (Johnny) Lemire of team S.T.A.F.F. from Montreal, Canada.

 
 
 

mountain climbing

Post by S.K. Brow » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00

On viewing the Ascii art, try switching to "Fixed Width Font" in your
"Preferences" menu.

 
 
 

mountain climbing

Post by Steve Batema » Thu, 22 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Has anyone ever done this?  Of course you have!; what I'm really asking is
> just how safe is this/can you use this as an easy way to climb a mountain?
> (or come down from one!)

You'd be hard pressed to find a mountain (range) that had smooth
winds going up-slope.  Usually it's a tad turbulent..

--
Steve Bateman    geokite at sprintmail dot com
The best health info is at http://www.healthcentral.com

 
 
 

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Post by Zoyd Vo » Sat, 24 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>what I'm really asking is
>just how safe is this/can you use this as an easy way to climb a mountain?
>(or come down from one!)

It's funny -- I just suggested this in a post not long ago, and struck dead
air, so to speak.  Of course such a scheme would be the safest way to
ascend/descend a mountain, or even to go, say, to the six***th floor of an
office building.  

I'm still waiting for someone to pick up on my kite diving idea. Water, like
air,  is a fluid medium, after all, and if you find a down-flowing current  (a
good rip tide would be  an easy way to start) you could do speedy dives down to
a maximum of thousands of feet.

Brock Vond

 
 
 

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Post by Robin Clark » Mon, 26 Apr 1999 04:00:00

<SNIP>
Of course such a scheme would be the safest way to
ascend/descend a mountain, or even to go, say, to the six***th floor of an
office building.
<SNAP>
I'd doubt it'd be the _safest_ way, but it could be A way!

Hmm... Kite diving.. But where would you have the resistance from?  If
you're in the same current as the kite you'd just be pulled along with it.
I have however hear of someone using a modified speed wing (very low angle
of attack, and VERY thick lines) in a current, but the person anchored to a
rock...  Apparently quite interesting, but very slow!
Best winds,
-Robin-
~:)

 
 
 

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Post by Robin Clark » Mon, 26 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Hmm... Kite diving.. But where would you have the resistance from?  If
you're in the same current as the kite you'd just be pulled along with it.
I have however hear of someone using a modified speed wing (very low angle
of attack, and VERY thick lines) in a current, but the person anchored to a
rock...  Apparently quite interesting, but very slow!
Best winds,
-Robin-
~:)
 
 
 

mountain climbing

Post by Zoyd Vo » Tue, 27 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hmm... Kite diving.. But where would you have the resistance from?  If
>you're in the same current as the kite you'd just be pulled along with it.

Well, there you go.  Just like kite jumping.  

I said it before, and I'll say it again.  Don't be a tail to your kite, above
or below water.

Brock Vond

 
 
 

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Post by Coreyki » Tue, 27 Apr 1999 04:00:00

What you saw was the UpSki.
Designed and built by the guys you saw using them.
Not for use at established ski areas...
but in Colorado and elsewhere,
there are many open mountain slopes
where this can be enjoyed.

I don't have a current address for them...
but you might check with Steve Shapson...
I think he bought one years ago.

Sorry i can't offer more info.