End of the World Swing – Extreme Swinging Over the Abyss

End of the World Swing.

Deep in the wilds of Ecuador is a seismic monitoring station known as Casa del Arbol (originally Casa del Arbol). Its purpose is to monitor the activity of the Tungurahua volcano, which is located nearby. This volcano woke up on August 19, 1999. Since then, climbing has been forbidden and the volcano has been under scrutiny.

The station is a small tree house. Which can already be seen as a landmark, since it is located on the edge of a rather deep cliff. But of much greater interest are the swings that hang from the branches of the tree, right next to the station (more like a large birdhouse).

Throughout the world, these swings are known as the “swing at the end of the world” or the “end of the world” swing. Sometimes the name “Swing of Death” is encountered, but it is rarely used.

When you see this crazy attraction, you will realize that all the names are very appropriate for it. The height at which the swing is located is 2,660 meters above sea level. The steep drop below your feet and the feeling of flying over the abyss is sure to give you an adrenaline rush.

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Swinging at the edge of the world and flying over the abyss

Initially, and until 2015, the “end of the world” swing was the most common swing that can often be found in the country yard. No safety features, no straps, questionable construction – all of which made an absolute madness out of the attraction. Nevertheless, so far, the swing of death has not taken a single life, but has provided tons of adrenaline for the tourists.

Swinging at the end of the world

It is still unclear where the swings came from. Perhaps they were created by a desperate seismologist, who was swinging on them during breaks in his work, and watching the volcano six kilometers to the south from the corner of his eye.

Swinging the end of the world. Ecuador

Could this be the same seismologist?

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Tourists, after learning about this crazy attraction, began to stop by more often. Since 2015, the design of the swing has been improved. There are now two swings on either side of the tree house. Metal supports and a sturdy beam were used to ensure stability. Safety harnesses were also taken care of.

There are now two swings on both sides of the treehouse

Now the swing over the chasm has become safer, but not all travelers dare to conquer them. And for good reason. The views from the swing at the edge of the world are simply unreal – an active Tungurahua volcano, dense equatorial jungle, and a chasm beneath your feet.

The swing at the edge of the world is part of a small park in Casa del Arbol, which has three swings and a small zipline.

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Swing at the end of the world

A zipline not far from the swing at the edge of the world

In the past, no money was taken for swinging over the abyss. Or rather, they asked you to donate “as much as you can spare.” But now they started charging a small fee of $1 to $2.

How to get there

The Swing at the End of the World is located 2 kilometers south of the town of Baños in the province of Tungurahua in the eastern Andes. You can walk or bike.

Tour companies will offer you a shuttle to Casa del Arbol for only $5. They run several times a day. You can also take the bus, which leaves from the city center directly to the attraction. The cost of the ride is $2.50.

When you get to the top, you will immediately see a wooden house with a swing on top of a steep hill. But this is not the End of the World Swing, although it is also very extreme – perhaps even more extreme. This swing is called the Flight of the Condor. You can ride it for only $1. In fact, the Edge of the World Swing is to the right and up the trail. For the opportunity to ride all the swings and zipline you will have to pay $2 already. There is a small café on site.

End of the World Swing.

The zipline next to the swing at the end of the world

This extreme attraction is located in the mountains of Ecuador (the town of Baños), and allows thrill seekers to swing over an abyss, ignoring any safety precautions.

The unique swing over the abyss is located at an altitude of 2660 meters above sea level and offers a spectacular view of the Andes.

The zipline next to the swing at the end of the world

The unusual attraction is located near a small tree house. It is actually a seismic monitoring station known as Casa del Arbol. Its purpose is to monitor the activity of the Tungurahua volcano. It is not known precisely who, when and why installed such swings. Perhaps they were created by a desperate seismologist, who during breaks in his work was swinging on them, and the corner of his eye watched the volcano, 6 kilometers to the south. however, not a single accident has yet been witnessed. And yet the outcome of an accident is one – fatal!

Post taken from the Telegram channel “Travel anywhere”. I decided to share the information, as I found the entry interesting and informative for fans of non-trivial sights.

And imagine to the first photo this sound “chponk” and after “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa” and all no swings and dude

Imagine how it happens, I broke a sweat. Suddenly my butt slips off the swing, ooh.

I can’t believe there’s bricks under the swings.

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A bow in terms of physics.

Once upon a time in a high school physics textbook I encountered a task to describe the physical model of an onion. I don’t know what answer the writers planned to get, because, as you’ll see later in the post, an onion is not such a simple thing.

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Let’s say we want to make an onion. And not just any onion, but a good onion. The first thing we will make sure is that the bow is tight.

The tighter the bow, the harder it will push the arrow. Of course, it will be difficult to stretch it. But this is a matter of practice.

At first glance it seems simple – you have to take a thicker stick. But let’s look at the bow from the side:

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And now let’s stretch it:

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It is easy to see that the outer side stretches and the inner side shrinks. And this effect is stronger the thicker our bow is:

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Wood can elastically deform – both stretching and compressing – only to a degree. After that, the fibers on the outside will start to burst, and on the inside they will go “in waves”. Of course, this is not good for anything.

We can’t stretch the bow very far – we need the force to last as long as possible. So what’s the solution? Make the bow itself as long as possible, so that the curvature is not so noticeable:

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That’s how you get a longbow. The most famous English longbow is from the 13th-14th century, but generally speaking, long bows have been around since the Paleolithic era. That’s understandable – taking a longer stick isn’t a goddamn invention.

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A bow from the Shnideyoch Pass (Alps) is dated 2900-2700 BC. It is 162 cm long – quite a longbow, considering the average height at the time.

However, the longbow has a number of disadvantages, the most important of which is the difficulty of using it on horseback.

The Japanese made a clever bow with shoulders of different length – a short lower one and a long upper one:

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But the Central Asians of the steppe went the other way, inventing the composite bow. The outside consisted of animal veins, which stretched well, and the inside consisted of horn or bone, which shrank better. It is unclear whether the reason for this invention was the desire to strengthen the bow or the need to reduce the amount of scarce wood. But whatever the case, in the end they managed to get a fairly powerful and compact bow at the same time.

The first composite bows were known in the times of the Scythians, and go back to the Neolithic. But its evolution was going on all the time of its existence, so that the Mongol or Turkish bow was much more developed than the Scythian bow.

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The Mongolian onion on the left and the earlier Gunn on the right

It is not difficult to notice that the steppe bow is characterized not only by its structure but also by its special shape including a reverse bend. In archery terminology, such a bow is called a recursive bow. Why is it necessary? Let’s get to the bottom of it.

If we take a straight (conventional) bow and start pulling it, the applied force will increase. Simply put, the harder we stretch, the harder it gets. You can draw a graph:

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So, the work done, or what’s the same, the accumulated potential energy, is the area under the graph:

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This is actually called a definite integral, but I don’t want to scare readers :)

As we can see, the picture is far from optimal. The ideal would be like this:

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It turns out that we want a bow that has the same applied force throughout.

This is exactly what the recursive bow is trying to achieve. When we pull it, first the center part bends. Then, as the force on the center part increases and the angle of the bowstring changes, the shoulders begin to bend and finally the ends themselves.

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Thus, the applied force changes within a smaller range and the graph becomes closer to the optimum:

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As a result, a recursive bow will be more efficient with the same pulling force.

And just pulling the bow with more or less constant force, in my humble onion experience, is somehow more pleasant. However, perhaps this is a matter of taste.

Now let’s see what happens when we lower the bowstring. Some of the potential energy will go into the kinetic energy of the arrow, but all of it?

Unfortunately, no. Even if we ignore losses such as heat, sound, and material fatigue, there is a purely mechanical loss. The point is that after the bowstring is dropped, the bow straightens, i.e. the shoulders of the bow come into motion. Movement = work = energy loss.

In that sense, the lighter the bow arms and the less they move, the less precious potential energy will be lost and the more of it will go into the motion of the arrow.

But that’s not all. Remember, in last week’s article it was discussed that hand throwing objects has a limited speed, so no projectile will fly faster than your hand?

It’s the same problem with the bow. The straightening speed, while great, is still limited. And there is no way to make the arrow go faster, no matter how powerful the bow is.

The block bow solves both of these problems:

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First, most of the bow is static, with only the very ends of the shoulders bent, which means less loss of straightening.

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Second, the blocks allow the arrow to get several times the speed of the shoulders straightening. It works as a polycoupler, only inversely – at the expense of loss in force we get gain in speed.

And at the same time the problem of constant tensioning force is also solved.

Modern compound bows have a variety of features to make aiming and shooting easier: a shelf, a release (a bow release device), a sighting bar, and all sorts of vibration absorbers. This allows modern sportsmen to reach the results that even the historic “Robin Hoods” could not dream of. However, this sports tool looks like a historical weapon only remotely.

Since the topic came up unexpectedly, I thought I would look at a couple more weapons. And for today, thank you for your attention.

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Came across a post a week ago, about how our favorite knife maker (without sarcasm) messed up with the knife, which he forgot to sharpen and how he got out of this situation, well, tell me and my story: Oh, just flashbacks …. Ordered a knife from Babakin in March, it was a birthday present from my wife. The order was made two months before the date, and the master promised to meet the deadline of 28 days (there were no problems with the material, all in stock). Did not hurry, once every 3 weeks to write a message that I have not been forgotten and further in anticipation. Worried 10 days before the day X. Babakin assured me that everything is normal and if anything he will just refund the money, etc. Two days before my birthday, after another reminder skimmed me track, well, of course, terms are screwed up and the master does not give a shit about me, but I’m waiting, cut this track still hangs in the mail system as assigned, but sending the post office is not accepted. A day after my birthday, I wrote in anger Babakin, that it is not worthy to behave this way and cheat me to put it mildly, and that he returned the money because the departure to the post office, but just remotely created the track, ok, returns….. listened to a story about SWO, negligent employee and the damn May holidays, which were so bad timing. I think ok, the money was returned, but I was waiting for 2 months for the knife (assuming that I should not have seen it in the process), not the wasted nerves and refunds. I wrote to the master and asked him to send me a picture of the knife, and he sent me a beautiful pchak. I melted heart at what I saw, included the master excuses mode (the child was born, the May holidays, etc.) Ok, I say, finish it, send, money will pay. Waiting has begun, and the track and not beats, I say Babakin in 10 days, go to the post office to find out how. Master writes: “Your knife was lost post office, I’ll make you the same one, and absolutely free, give me another month. Sin, happy at first, that the knife and get and the money will stay, but half of me saddled, badly said, for all you have to pay, I reasoned, but also said in advance the money did not go. Again, a month of waiting. The master writes that the knife is ready and will be sent in a minute. After another reminder to get the track and oh my god, it is tracked. I am waiting for the package like a child, it is still in the waiting room at the post office, and I am already sitting at the window, waiting. I take the package with trembling hands and rush to spouse, in my head long ago forgave the master for the mistakes. I tell my spouse, I’ll close my eyes, and you open it and hand it to me… the rustling of the package and her words, “And what is this….?” I felt like a kid who was promised a dandy for his birthday, and gave him a plastic gun without a trigger. Yes the knife, yes the pechak, but a different one, huge, crooked, with scratches and potholes on the blade and an incomprehensible bird. Which I did / remade was good and correct (judging by photos), according to my wishes, and this is a huge pchak with a lot of flaws … I immediately wrote all what I think the knife maker, to which he told me that this knife is a gift and for him to pay, that this work was done while he was young and I myself need to resharpen, although at that time Babakin invited himself to a free sharpening. So wait, and what you were re-sharpening my knife this month wait. You promised the same, well, according to the terms of reference! It turns out you were doing my head for a few months, and then pulled out of a dusty box illiquid, which the hell no one will buy who at least a little bit in the knives. Well, I sent the money for the knife to the charity, because you always have to pay for the knife, which I told Babakin, and I can not take the knife in my hands, at first I wanted to throw it into the sea, but I changed my mind.

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