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UPDATE: Forest "Gym"
« on: April 24, 2010, 03:22:34 PM »
VIDEO OF GYM

PICS OF THE WORK IN THREE DAYS
VIDEO OF TRAINER
 



So, I had this craaaaaazy idea after stumbling onto this awesome place.

Gym. All natural, all replaceable. No eco-impact.

How?
Pullups bars, squat rack, precision trainers, all made of the thick bamboo that grows around the creek.

Where?
50-75 up. Giant plateau with sides at about 60 degrees. Problem is getting material up there. Bamboo = bottom of plateau, gym = top of plateau. That's why non-traceurs never come. (Virginia is so awesome and diverse ;D)

What I need is suggestions for any work out equipment using all natural materials. I'll get pics of what is done soon. (Next weekend-ish?)

Most of the info is on my PKVA Training Blog.

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Went with Alejandro to work on the "gym." Entering the area is difficult for any non-traceur. YAY! The climb up, down, finding an alternative route UP, then the random precision to get around was the only "real" training.

Stash was made with tarp, bamboo, and hemp twine. So far it has:
1 water bottle,
1 emergency blanket,
4 glowsticks,
and a bit of alum. foil.

Plan to add:
1 large medkit, (which includes clotting powder,)
a few power bars,
more water bottles,
a couple of plastic bags,
hatchet/machete,
snips,
box of screws/nails,
LOTS of hemp twine,
paracord,
water purification tablets,
coffee filters,
activated carbon powder,

duct tape?
tent?
(Any suggestions?)
(Italics is for water from the creek if necessary.)
Any food will probably be stored in a bear bag.

We cut down some bamboo, ideas are pullup bar and squat "rack." Pullup bar is easy, I just need to make some plans for the squat rack. Currently, the bamboo is laying comfortably under a fallen tree.

Later, some additions will be precision trainers, PARCube, FREERailing, (which I lost the plans of,) balance rails, (?) bamboo ladder to get UP to the "gym," and other stuff. (SUGGESTIONS?!)

Thanks in advanced for any help given to make this dream come true!



« Last Edit: May 11, 2010, 03:16:25 AM by Evan Blanc S. »

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Re: Parkour: Forest Gym Ideas Needed (Pictures soon to come!)
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 03:27:51 PM »
This idea is so awesome, I can't even dare to say anything. You know better. :)

However, can you stick some bamboo into the side of the cliff? My idea is to make a more random pattern of climbing points, rather than a boring, uniform ladder. Still it's up to you, buddy. ;D

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Re: Parkour: Forest Gym Ideas Needed (Pictures soon to come!)
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 03:49:50 PM »
However, can you stick some bamboo into the side of the cliff? My idea is to make a more random pattern of climbing points, rather than a boring, uniform ladder. Still it's up to you, buddy. ;D

Uniform ladders are lame. I used "ladder" for lack of a better word. But, now that I think of it, it's pretty much useless. You have to rockclimb half the way up anyways... :D

(Which reminds me, you're moving to Virginia RIGHT NOW. I'll make you. :P)

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Re: Parkour: Forest Gym Ideas Needed (Pictures soon to come!)
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010, 03:51:50 PM »
How are you going to make a pull-up bar with only natural materials? I get how you'd stick two pieces of bamboo in the ground, and then put a piece across the top, but how would the top piece stay there? It doesn't seem like it would work with hemp twine. Also, wouldn't they have to be REALLY far in the ground? Like 3'?

This idea IS great... I'm just disappointed that my dad just chopped down ALL the bamboo in my yard and had it hauled away to some unknown place.

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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 03:57:52 PM »
How are you going to make a pull-up bar with only natural materials? I get how you'd stick two pieces of bamboo in the ground, and then put a piece across the top, but how would the top piece stay there? It doesn't seem like it would work with hemp twine. Also, wouldn't they have to be REALLY far in the ground? Like 3'?

Nah. The twine is just for lashings. I'm going to set it up between two 6cm thick trees about 1m away from each other. Then I'll add bamboo supports if necessary.

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2010, 03:59:34 PM »
Nah. The twine is just for lashings. I'm going to set it up between two 6cm thick trees about 1m away from each other. Then I'll add bamboo supports if necessary.

Ah, I see. I did the same with a tree branch a while ago.

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2010, 04:02:56 PM »
OMG! I'll get pics tomorrow, y'all! Really. (If my head stops swaying)

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Re: Parkour: Forest Gym Ideas Needed (Pictures soon to come!)
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2010, 04:05:54 PM »

Other possible ideas...
  • Rocks/Stone
  • Bricks/Slabs of Cement
  • Ropes (At all angles and lengths, horizontal, vertical, slanted, etc.)
  • Pulling heavy loads up the sides of the plateau using ropes
The list goes on and on...
« Last Edit: April 24, 2010, 04:09:07 PM by Gabe Arnold »

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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2010, 04:07:42 PM »
THANKS GABE!

I also know some PKTO leader had a bamboo/tree limb setup like that? I forget the video...

ALSO:

There are light, medium, and heavy weight SQUARE rocks at the base of the plateau. We ran out of time to get those up.

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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2010, 04:12:44 PM »
Why not build parcubes out of DIRT? You could put bamboo supports across the top, and then add a little more dirt as to not hurt your hands...

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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2010, 04:28:17 PM »
Why not build parcubes out of DIRT? You could put bamboo supports across the top, and then add a little more dirt as to not hurt your hands...

Not enough dirt.  I'll keep it in mind but it might have to do something else... Ferrocement, anyone?

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« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2010, 04:42:25 PM »
Not enough dirt.  I'll keep it in mind but it might have to do something else... Ferrocement, anyone?

Not enough dirt...in the woods? Oh well, you'd probably get in trouble if you didn't own the land, anyway.

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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 04:45:17 PM »
Not enough dirt...in the woods? Oh well, you'd probably get in trouble if you didn't own the land, anyway.

Exactly. I'm trying to be eco-friendly.

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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2010, 04:48:34 PM »
Exactly. I'm trying to be eco-friendly.

Oh. I get it now.  :)

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Re: Parkour: Forest Gym Ideas Needed (Pictures soon to come!)
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2010, 07:29:49 AM »
This will be epic! I am gonna go into the woods with my friends now and try and find a place like this. But it might be hard being in South Carolina where it's really flat... Oh well, gonna try anyway! Get pics soon!

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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2010, 07:43:52 AM »
This will be epic! I am gonna go into the woods with my friends now and try and find a place like this. But it might be hard being in South Carolina where it's really flat... Oh well, gonna try anyway! Get pics soon!

Haha, good luck!

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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2010, 10:58:45 AM »
Status update: Breaking down pallets. 3 boards down, 33 to go! Ideas are welcome and appreciated, so far it's going to be precision trainers...

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Re: Parkour: Forest Gym Ideas Needed (Pictures soon to come!)
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2010, 12:59:25 PM »
Forgive me if this has been said somewhere, but where in Virginia are you? You said something about soccer practice in Reston and the water mine , I live in Nova so this is all too familiar. If you need it I'd love to help!  The problem is I'm only a 14 year old girl, I'm not the best traceuse, I only just started but I'd still love to help if you're anywhere nearby!
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2010, 01:19:34 PM »
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Re: Parkour: Forest Gym Ideas Needed (Pictures soon to come!)
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2010, 01:33:36 PM »
Progress on PKVA (I'll be logging it there from now on, with quotes and links here.)