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Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby planet54 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:17 pm

Something tells me that this won't be coming to a ski resort near you. This may be taken down by youtube.



http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-zorb-accident-20130109,0,5945485.story
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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby mtnduck9 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:04 pm

That's just stupid.

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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby catfish hank » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:16 pm

Thought they were lucky at first just to stay on track to the bottom of the run. This thing could of veered off course from the start. and really one guy trying to halt the ball when it looked like it was very retrievable. Boneheaded at every stage.
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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby chrismjx » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:37 pm

:shock: #-o

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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby Hungry Jack » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:57 pm

The man who died had two young daughters.

Good grief.
I need more dehydrogenase.

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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby midwestcoast » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:15 pm

Even with the NYT article... it's hard to believe. Is this a common occurrence on that run ? Maybe the video is deceiving but looking at that slope that's exactly what I assume would happen if I let a giant super ball go. wow.

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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby TallGrass » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:41 pm

Am I the only one who wondered what kind of record descent time you could set with one of these?
I'm sure with enough attempts there'd be someone left to tell us what it was like.
"Yea! Summited (near) Bross! Oh wait, clouds coming in. Gotta bail, gotta zorb."
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:

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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby dmccool » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:48 pm

TallGrass wrote:Am I the only one who wondered what kind of record descent time you could set with one of these?

Probably not. But you are the only one who decided to post those thoughts in a thread where someone died. Come on, bro.
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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby chrismjx » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:39 pm

TallGrass wrote:Am I the only one who wondered what kind of record descent time you could set with one of these?
I'm sure with enough attempts there'd be someone left to tell us what it was like.
"Yea! Summited (near) Bross! Oh wait, clouds coming in. Gotta bail, gotta zorb."


Someone should test this out somewhere "safe", maybe like down 4 o'clock (top to bottom) at Breck? (i.e. NOT Russian and/nor unlicensed "attraction" operators) Set it up like bumper-bowling back in the day. For Science! \:D/

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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby cheeseburglar » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:10 am

I've recently been contemplating why we won the cold war.
This video answered my question.
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Re: Russian Zorbing Accident

Postby TallGrass » Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:22 am

Think it'd be interesting how this Canadian design (go to 0:50) would fair if deployed by someone caught in an avalanche. Yes, the animators forgot gloves, but if vests can get some partly exposed, this might make it easier for full self-rescue (note it doesn't stay inflated like an unpunctured zorb would). http://www.examiner.com/article/inflatable-motorcycle-suit-proposed-for-crash-survival
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:

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