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It’s a wet grey day here. So, from the ‘reset the internal mood-o-meter department’ comes this image:

GPL and KL cutting down the pipe climb

GPL and KL cutting down the pipe climb

It looks as thought we are cutting the chain that holds the platform up in to the ceiling, but no: we were able to borrow a brilliant mobile scaffolding from a friend (picture carrying 3m+ aluminium poles up four flights of stairs, not to mention the platform we are standing on—it’s heavy), then erecting it, then doing all the cutting/unscrewing, and doing it all again, but in reverse; that was bumpout day. The whole job only took a morning.

This image shows Greg using a cutting wheel to slice through the chains that held the pipe climb onto the girders in the ceiling. The pipe climb was like the Phat rope: much admired and speculated upon, but not that often used.

Dave’s wife, Hanh, was the most elegant climber of the pipe, IMHO: she was the first to traverse the entire 10m from fully brachiated arms (the centre two poles formed an upside-down ‘V’, too, so you needed to climb and descend that section, in addition to each pipe being thicker than the preceding one), using a gently whole-body sway as the propulsion agent. When men climbed this apparatus, it was all arm muscles and little grace—but Hanh showed us all a different approach.

For the record, Geoff Fraser climbed the full 10m four times on one go; Pierre three (from memory), KL by one, and Olivia (using the same graceful approach pioneered by Hanh) by one, too. We will be offering ‘underground Monkey Gym workouts’ in the months to come, too; when we have worked out the most efficient way of alerting interested folks, we will advise. There is a set of ladder bars in Kambah, for example, that are almost 10m long, and we will be playing on these for sure!

Relaxing after the job

Relaxing after the job