Sunday, May 04, 2008

Unfortunately, I've Been Known to Sleepwalk

(Photo by Sergio R. Nunez C., who appears to lead a magical life.)

I've been looking for a way to combine my new hobby (rock climbing) with my greatest passion (napping). Kidding (sort of), but I always did wonder where climbers took shelter when a big storm or bad case of food poisoning hit. Fortunately, I found the answer at BLDGBLOG. It's called the portaledge.

Of course, these fantastic contraptions have been around for a couple of decades, but they're new to me. Designed to withstand foul weather and powerful winds, they can be temporarily attached to a rock face, allowing you to dangle long enough to wait out a thunderstorm or take a pleasant nap.

(Photo below from Abitare magazine.)


Anonymous Kiel said...

*yay first comment*

wow! id be so scared to be dangling like that. one angry squirrel and your toast! lol

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

I would be afraid that my tent-thing would collapse or fall off the cliff or something. *fear*

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Kurosignal said...

hold...onto...ropes...DON'T WANNA
Just dangling there still seems
dangerous to me...

3:56 PM  
Anonymous rage said...

a fishing boat in AK found a whole live giant squid it was 28-30 feet in length about a week ago wanted to give you your giant squid fix for the week Kirsten:) :)

4:41 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Rage: Thanks! Where did you hear about that? I want to check it out!

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Random Irregulars(4 of them) said...

how about if you fall? Won't you fall yo death? It looks fun to dangle from a mountain face.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Whoa! (I'm glad I don't sleepwalk!) I'd be DEAD scared if I went that high!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has nothing to do with this, but read this poem i found!:

In form and feature, face and limb,
I grew so like my brother,
That folks got taking me for him,
And each for one another.
5 It puzzled all our kith and kin, It reached an awful pitch; For one of us was born a twin, Yet not a soul knew which.
One day (to make the matter worse),
10 Before our names were fixed, As we were being washed by nurse We got completely mixed, And thus, you see, by Fate’s decree, (Or rather nurse’s whim),
15 My brother John got christened me And I got christened him.
This fatal likeness even dogged My footsteps when at school, And I was always getting flogged,
20 For John turned out a fool. I put this question hopelessly To everyone I know— What would you do, if you were me, To prove that you were you?
25 Our close resemblance turned the tide Of my domestic life; For somehow my intended bride Became my brother’s wife. In short, year after year the same
30 Absurd mistakes went on; And when I died—the neighbors came And buried brother John!

8:28 PM  
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so sorry about that ^^....

i'm that bored at the moment. did anybody read my comment carefully? you will notice some changes from the original text included.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be so funny if youe put someone in that on land and while youre sleeping you put the tent over a ciff! mwa ha ha!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Weirdo said...

this is a cool webpage! i'm pretty sure it's the same International Mastermind we all know!

10:28 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Yup, ya found me! There's actually a link to that page on my profile. *raises eyebrow sneakily*

Nice Job, Wierdo!

6:41 AM  
Anonymous E-star said...

SUper cool with rock-climbing!!! I just love it, would like to try it someday.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Cupcakedoll said...

Maybe my mind is in the gutter, but this inspires me to wonder-- when people dangling up there need a bathroom, do they just do their business straight down? Or would the parks protest their cliffs becoming stinky for future climbers?

2:18 AM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

That must be so scary! The time we went abseiling at camp, I had to force myself one hundred times that it would be ok, because my best friends were already all the way down the bottom (I hadn't seen them since over 5 hours because we were in different groups). On the rope, I didn't keep my body L shaped at one stage and I slammed against the wall and sat on the rock looking...down down down.
I'm so scared of mountains.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Sergio R. Nuñez C. said...

Indeed I have a increible life!! Proud that you use my pic!!..
Enjoy Life!!
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11:41 PM  

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