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   Virginia Tech students carry paraplegic classmate four miles on a hike to see a waterfall. Your college buddies wouldn't help you carry a keg up to your third-floor apartment

06 Dec 2012 10:30 AM   |   4506 clicks   |   WTKR
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Fiction Fan     
...And when they got there, he was shot by a fox with a gun.

06 Dec 2012 08:53 AM
Tell Me How My Blog Tastes    [TotalFark]  
We used to carry people who passed out early into the ravine behind our house... sometimes we'd take their whole bed out there too, so they'd wake up in the morning in the woods. Sometimes we'd take the rest of their crap out there as well. Good times.

06 Dec 2012 09:09 AM
Dahnkster     
Paul Ryan once took my grandmother for an outing...
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06 Dec 2012 10:34 AM
doczoidberg     
What the story DOESN'T tell you is that those kids left the paraplegic dude behind.

06 Dec 2012 10:36 AM
PirateKing     
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Oh, Cliff
Sometimes it must be difficult not to feel as if
You really are a Cliff
When fascists keep trying to push you over it
Are they the lemmings?
Or are you Cliff?
Or are you, Cliff?

06 Dec 2012 10:36 AM
max_pooper     
So this is a news story about a group of students who work together to carry a disabled classmate over 4 miles of rugged terrain so he could take in the beauty of waterfall and they do not include any footage of the waterfall?

Top notch reporting there Lou.

06 Dec 2012 10:37 AM
NBSV     
That's because if you drink most of the keg at ground level it's less weight to carry.

I imagine they would frown at removing limbs to make the guy easier to carry.

06 Dec 2012 10:38 AM
imtheonlylp     
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not impressed
 


/technically a waterfall

06 Dec 2012 10:41 AM
Djkb     
We need more gun control lest all the beautiful waterfalls in this world go unappreciated.

06 Dec 2012 10:43 AM
maverickzy     

max_pooper: So this is a news story about a group of students who work together to carry a disabled classmate over 4 miles of rugged terrain so he could take in the beauty of waterfall and they do not include any footage of the waterfall?

Top notch reporting there Lou.

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The pool at the bottom is cold enough to screw with your heart rate and breathing.

06 Dec 2012 10:44 AM
Wobble     
We needed those fine young Hokies to carry our football team this year.

06 Dec 2012 10:47 AM
monoski     
I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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06 Dec 2012 10:48 AM
tanstaafl4y     
Done in one.

06 Dec 2012 10:50 AM
Snort     
That article was almost as long as Subby's headline.

06 Dec 2012 10:57 AM
tanman1975    [TotalFark]  

monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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While that thing is pretty bad ass, it would still have to be carried over half the cascades trail. It's pretty gnarly.

06 Dec 2012 11:04 AM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  
What an uplifting story, I was afraid it was going to be a drag.

06 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
Wobble     

tanman1975: monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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While that thing is pretty bad ass, it would still have to be carried over half the cascades trail. It's pretty gnarly.


TRUE dat.

06 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
tanman1975    [TotalFark]  

tanman1975: monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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While that thing is pretty bad ass, it would still have to be carried over half the cascades trail. It's pretty gnarly.


Oh never mind. I see it's rebuilt now. Probably tamed.

That's a shame.

06 Dec 2012 11:06 AM
TheGreatGazoo     
What's wrong with just sticking to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to?

06 Dec 2012 11:08 AM
Abe Vigoda's Ghost    [TotalFark]  
Your college buddies wouldn't help you carry a keg up to your third-floor apartment

Considering they would probably be drinking it with me, yeah, they would be more then happy to carry that keg.

06 Dec 2012 11:16 AM
D3_WR     

tanman1975: monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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While that thing is pretty bad ass, it would still have to be carried over half the cascades trail. It's pretty gnarly.


There's two trails, the rough trail on the right side of the creek (looking upstream), and the access trail on the left side, which is basically an unimproved 2-track road

06 Dec 2012 11:19 AM
Mr_H     

monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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Seen those before, but never in action. I'd love to see how it rides.

/saw a one legged man mountain biking
//still handled the hills better then me

06 Dec 2012 11:23 AM
rwa2     

Fear_and_Loathing: What an uplifting story, I was afraid it was going to be a drag.


Wait til you hear about what Virgin Galactic is going to do with Stephen Hawking.

06 Dec 2012 11:24 AM
thrasherrr     

tanman1975: tanman1975: monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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While that thing is pretty bad ass, it would still have to be carried over half the cascades trail. It's pretty gnarly.

Oh never mind. I see it's rebuilt now. Probably tamed.

That's a shame.


It even has nice bridges now. Back in the stone age I got to carry my idiot roommate all the way down after he twisted his ankles screwing around on the falls. I spent a good ten minutes cursing the lack of them.

06 Dec 2012 11:24 AM
KJUW89     

TheGreatGazoo: What's wrong with just sticking to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to?


Really? You're going there? Now I have that song stuck in my head...

06 Dec 2012 11:26 AM
jfarkinB     

D3_WR: There's two trails, the rough trail on the right side of the creek (looking upstream), and the access trail on the left side, which is basically an unimproved 2-track road


This. The high trail is almost drivable, but the last bit that drops back down to the waterfall is strictly for foot travel. (The high trail continues for another two miles or so, and connects to one of the actual unimproved mountain roads near a private hunting retreat, as I recall.) That would still be a long way to haul a full-grown adult, although the first responders probably still get to haul people down several times a year (cold beer + slippery rocks).

They've rebuilt some parts, put in a couple of overlook decks, and tried to block the left-hand path to the top of the falls; I've only been up once since the "improvements", but I can't imagine they're slowing down the drunk college students that much.

God, I miss that place.

06 Dec 2012 11:26 AM
fanbladesaresharp     

monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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Those aren't cheap. Probably out of the budget of several college kids put together. I looked as some trikes and quads of the pedaled variety for a Can/Mex ride with a...college (actually HS) buddy. $2000 is the low end of what we can use. More like $4000 and up for something more useful than putting around town in. Some of the rockstar level models exceeded $8k.

06 Dec 2012 11:35 AM
eeyore102     
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approves.

06 Dec 2012 11:48 AM
WelldeadLink     

max_pooper: they do not include any footage of the waterfall


You have to be there.

06 Dec 2012 11:55 AM
monoski     

Mr_H: monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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Seen those before, but never in action. I'd love to see how it rides.

/saw a one legged man mountain biking
//still handled the hills better then me


I have one and ride a lot. It is a little rough in off-camber trails and can rollover but overall it is a blast. I live just off of Valley Forge National Park in PA and have access to over 20 miles of trails and stop there after work whenever I can.

06 Dec 2012 12:04 PM
monoski     

tanman1975: monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

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While that thing is pretty bad ass, it would still have to be carried over half the cascades trail. It's pretty gnarly.


This thing has an amazing gear system and you can climb a flight of stairs on it. I ride some pretty gnarly trails with mine solo. Every once and while I find something I cannot tackle but not too often. A friend of mine climbed Mt Fuji on his.

06 Dec 2012 12:13 PM
my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food     

monoski: tanman1975: monoski: I can't walk and I am very lucky to have some friends like this who bring climbing ropes and pulleys to help me get to some of extreme skiing terrain that is not lift served.

This guy should look into one of the adaptive mt bikes that are out there. He could have gotten himself out there and back.

[static.squarespace.com image 850x637]

While that thing is pretty bad ass, it would still have to be carried over half the cascades trail. It's pretty gnarly.

This thing has an amazing gear system and you can climb a flight of stairs on it. I ride some pretty gnarly trails with mine solo. Every once and while I find something I cannot tackle but not too often. A friend of mine climbed Mt Fuji on his.


That is pretty damn cool.

/And would be necessary for the cascade trail because either path you take, there are stairs.

06 Dec 2012 12:31 PM
Nothing To See Here     
Did they leaving her hanging from the red?

06 Dec 2012 12:52 PM
MSPowers     

Here is the original piece that WTKR poached their video from:

Virginia Tech: Ut Prosim - The Ultimate Hokie from virginiatech on Vimeo.



Full disclosure: I edited this piece for University Relations at VT.

06 Dec 2012 01:24 PM
Mock26     
If they really cared about their friend they would have made a sedan chair so that he could sit comfortably and enjoy the scenery along the way. :-D

06 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
dan1101     

max_pooper: So this is a news story about a group of students who work together to carry a disabled classmate over 4 miles of rugged terrain so he could take in the beauty of waterfall and they do not include any footage of the waterfall?

Top notch reporting there Lou.


Little known fact, it is illegal in the state of VA to film or photograph a waterfall.

06 Dec 2012 03:55 PM
SirTanon     
... "and when they reached the waterfall, they tossed him in the resevoir at the bottom so they could call him 'Bob'"

06 Dec 2012 03:57 PM
my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food     

dan1101: max_pooper: So this is a news story about a group of students who work together to carry a disabled classmate over 4 miles of rugged terrain so he could take in the beauty of waterfall and they do not include any footage of the waterfall?

Top notch reporting there Lou.

Little known fact, it is illegal in the state of VA to film or photograph a waterfall.


Only if it is underage.

/Under 18,000 years and you go on the registry
//Try buying a house near a National Park after that!

06 Dec 2012 04:04 PM
bbcard1     
Having done this hike many times, I suspect the cameraman quickly said, " FTS, we got enough."

06 Dec 2012 04:49 PM
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