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tyrolean traverse 23-Nov-2011 At 6:41:52 PM Olbert
When I first got my harness I also got two prussic cords, and tried to fix my brothers old swing.

My brother had an awesome swing in the bush that many people fcuked themselves up on over time. It was a pretty hectic swing! It was around for years before one of my friends badly bruised his back by doing something silly on it. My brother decided enough was enough and he cut the rope as high as he could from the ground - basically it was fairly impossible to reattach a seat.

Years later I got my harness and got some prussics and had a brilliant idea to prussic up the rope and reattach another rope so we could rebuild the swing. Basically it was about 10 metres from the ground and the ground itself was a steep 45 degree angle super muddy slope ending in a rocky creek at the bottom. I managed to super awkwardly attach the prussics to the rope and attach the shorter one to my only locking caribiner. From there I managed to prussic up the rope (absolutely no previous experience prussicing - just saw the knots in a book).

I got to the top and transferred my locking caribiner to a random loop hanging down from the tree (part of the original setting up of the swing). And yes, this meant for a moment I was not attached to anything. I then took off the smaller prussic and was about to chuck it too the ground when I thought - "why not keep it? I might need it later". I then used a roll of string to measure how much new rope I would need for the swing. Once measured I dropped it as I would no longer need it.

Job done I put the getting down part of my plan into action. I pulled out my belay device and attached that to the biner I was hanging off, as I mentioned it was my only caribiner. Then I attempted to attach the free hanging rope I had prussiced up to my belay device and biner so I could rappel down in the normal manner.

This did not work. With a growing sense of panic I could not get the rope in the device ready for abseil with the biner already being used to support my weight. Try as I might I could not get it to work. I was doing some pretty dodgy things trying to force one rope in and the other bit of rope out.

Eventually I realised I could prussic down just like I had prussiced up. With a huuuuuge relief (thoughts of death were occuring to me as this part of the bush was not well frequented by people) I managed to prussic down and return home with my tail between my legs. I completely forgot about the string and had to return later to retrieve it (my dad was wondering where it was).

I never did fix up the old swing.

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