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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-13-2009 03:54 AM 1547 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can hardly wait for nice weather to get here in Billings. We have recently been suffering a spat of sub-zero temps and blizzard conditions the last few days. I know that North Dakota has taken the beating longer than us. (I love my heated shop!)

Here is a short video featuring one of my other interests. I think that you will see why I love it here. I enjoy rappelling, climbing, mountain biking and hiking right here in Billings. That does well at holding me over until I get a weekend to spend in the mountains.


Peace, Love, and Rappelling

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 04:04 AM

Looks fun. Thanks for sharing.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 04:07 AM

It,s been a while since i,ve done any of that, but it is great fun. Looks like you have found a slice of paradise there.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 04:47 AM

I waana do that!! I haven’t done that in 20 + years.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 05:41 AM

Yeah, we’ve been been geting it here in ND. Shoveling snow is one of my least favorite things to do, but it’s gotta get done.

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 12:52 PM

Comin’ down sure looks like fun and I’ve always wanted to try it. Unfortunately, the going up part kinda gets in the way.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 01:36 PM

It looks like a lot of fun.

They don’t have mountains here, just mine dumps, iron ore pits.

I don’t think they had rope when I was your age<(;O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-13-2009 02:06 PM

Thanks for the video, it brings back soo many memories. My first date with my wife I taught her to rappell. We use to make pyramids on the rock face with a dozen guys stacked up and do twists jumping off. You made my day today.

Thank you.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 03-13-2009 03:22 PM

Thats just crazy, running up and down that hill in shorts, you could trip and skin your knee. I’ll stick to level ground I have a hard enough time chewing gum at the same time.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#9 posted 03-13-2009 03:33 PM

Hi Todd;

I’m with RAH. (see above)

You probably like to ski too, huh?

Yeah, it’s hard to beat a nice warm shop. Except a nice cool one, in the middle of summer.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 03-13-2009 04:30 PM

I hope the weather’s better, we’re heading your way tomorrow. Don’t ya just love this global warming????

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 03-13-2009 06:54 PM

Wow Todd, you can FLY. Teach me your magic!

I’ve rappelled before but I’ve never done it forward like that. What a rush.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 03-13-2009 07:02 PM

To each his own. I think now my knees would hold the flying part OK, but the stopping would do me in.

Great video.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 03-13-2009 07:41 PM

This probably explain how you lost a backpack with a camera in it… I was wondering about that looks like fun great way to release tension. thanks for posting.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#14 posted 03-14-2009 12:47 AM

Ahhh, the cooler weather is on it’s way down under & about time.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 03-14-2009 01:04 AM

Man o man, I used to live at the end of the rope. I have done some STUPID things rappelling. My friends and I used to go almost every weekend.

I used to rappel aussie and even Inverted (start down regular, then when over the lip, stop and flip upside down)

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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