Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vacation Day 4

A bunch of the family took the opportunity this morning to ride a zip line. I deferred, having ridden many zip lines in the Army. Here's my Vermont niece, Danielle, traveling through the treetops of a Tennessee forest.

These days, they use a whole lot more safety gear than we did. Pictures I see from our troops tell me that everyone uses a whole lot more safety gear nowadays. My mountaineering gear consisted of a single piece of nylon rope that I tied into a swiss seat, and a single snap-hook. That was all Uncle Sugar issued us.


Rivrdog said...

Jeebus, is that red strap thing a tree-lowering device? That's really going over the top in safety gear.

Old NFO said...

Yep, they would be horrified if we showed up with what we were issued... I don't remember even getting a helmet!

Titan Mk6B said...

We used to have a real good time in Boy Scouts doing this with a rope tied tree to tree. One place was great with a ravine we would string it over that dropped about 40 feet. It had a gentle slope so when we fell off (or something broke)we did not get hurt. That is until one of the scoutmasters noticed that we were dropping in poison ivy.