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Under water rock climbing

(choose your own gravity setting)
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Climbing is fun, but falling off can hurt. The problem is gravity. The solution is underwater rock climbing. Most of the world's best unclimbed routes are under water, and by using weights and a buoyancy control device the sub-aqua climber can effectively choose how fast she wishes to fall. In fact, with a positive buoyancy underwater routes could be climbed in reverse - a fall would return the climber to the surface.
mrpastry, Jan 18 2003

Underwater mountains http://www.kidcross...water_mountains.htm
[hippo, Oct 17 2004]

I mentioned this in passing the other day but no-one batted an eyelid http://www.funrepor...03/08/26/49564.html
[po, Oct 17 2004]


       interesting. could we have these in gyms inside large aquariums?
she? is this a single gender sport for some reason?
po, Jan 18 2003

       OK, just don't hurt the coral.
snarfyguy, Jan 18 2003

       Sort of like the old climb-down-a-cliff-against-a-bungee-cord.
FarmerJohn, Jan 18 2003

       Doesn't wet rock tend to get slimy and covered with algae? If you don't want to fall a long distance, just make a climbing wheel... kinda like a treadmill, but with rocks. :)
lumpy, Jan 18 2003

       I like this idea - as for underwater climbing routes, the tallest mountain in the world is Mauna Kea, in Hawaii (31,000 ft/9449 m high) - 2/3 of which is underwater (see link). I can see diving suits making free movement a bit harder though...
hippo, Jan 19 2003

       I have tried this. In fact, with the addition of a single adjective it is my favorite sport. To whit: "upstream." Underwater Upstream Rock Climbing. You do it in a fast-moving rocky stream about a foot deep. You put your face in the water, open your eyes (goggles help) and and haul yourself up against the current. It's HARD and combines the fun of rock climbing with the fun of swimming/kayaking etc.
untilthe, Sep 08 2003

       (batting an eyelid)
Worldgineer, Sep 08 2003

       fun eh?
po, Sep 08 2003

       This sounds cool and all, but if you know how to climb safetly then what's the point of going through all the trouble. Anyways, falling is most of the rush in rock climbing. Unless your a poon.
grahamcrackers, Sep 19 2003

       Your'e linky's broken Po.   

       I've done something similar. Climbed above a water body, so the falls get you wet. Kinda like combining climbing with cliff jumping.
sl5k5, Nov 05 2003

       Umm, isn't there a slight problem with having a different buoyancy than the water around you? If you set it to "fall up," and then you actually do, you might get the bends. I suppose you could probably prevent yourself from getting it too bad, and the damage wouldn't be as painful as falling down the side ove Mt. Everest, but still...
ye_river_xiv, Dec 21 2006


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