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First time rappelling

I went rappelling for the first time today. Bo Beck a friend of mine from Bogley.com and manager of The Desert Rat took me out on the rocks near Chuckawall in Paradise Canyon. I don't know if Bo noticed or not but I was trying to delay my first rappel. On my first repel I felt somewhat safe but untrusting of the equipment. As I stepped off I felt the support of the harness and didn't worry so much and just coasted on down. My only problem is my hobbit legs they naturally stick together so Bo kept reminding me to spread my legs thankfully (try to say that in an ungay way).

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I made it to the bottom and was ready to go again. When I got back to the top Bo made me take off my safety brake rope and my ATC. I had a dumbfounded look on my face fallowed by a little kid voice "But... but.. why? I like it the way it is." I said. Don't fix something that’s not broke right? But I did what I was told.

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I soon realized that I wouldn't be just rappelling I’d be crossing off stuff on the "what could go wrong and what to do checklist" lol. Bo showed me how to set up a Munter Hitch Belay. And I used that for the rest of the rappels until I used my ATC again with a double rope rappel.

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The first spot was only 20ft if that and had a small slope to it. I did about 3 or 4raps on that and then we moved to one that was a little higher only 5-10ft higher but was more straight down and had a few parts where it curved inward.

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On my last rap Bo thought it would be funny to tie a not in the rope halfway down. As for me I didn't know he did this while I was busy climbing back up. I started my rappel and almost got to the point of no return when I saw the knot I went running back up. I kept trying to argue with Bo, but how am I to argue with Pops (Bo's new nick name) he's a SAR rock star. I soon figured out again that he had a point to make. I just wish he would tell me what it was before I start hanging by a rope. lol I got to the knot and I got stuck in an awkward position like I knew I would and Bo lowered me with the Munter Hitch on top.

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Yes I learned a lot, especially where not to put my left hand/arm, and to keep my hobbit legs wide. Anyways we did 5 or 6 rappels. I don't really remember how many, it was all mixed into a fun, scary, and crazy blur.

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Yes I wore my helmet... I’ve been in enough crashes to realize that they do work. I told my friend Statton (who was there to watch me cry) to forget about pics and hold onto the rope. In case I did something stupid like for example take my right hand off the rope.  lol.

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Paradise Canyon Fun Part

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I've finally got around to taking pictures of my favorite part of Paradise Canyon. This happens to be the tech section on top of Paradise Rim. I've ridden it many times and always seems to get the blood pumping, but I still really haven't found anything quite like the tech drops that Paradise Canyon has.

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Paradise Canyon Fast Ride

Wow I just got back from a fast ride. the weather was nice and cool for this time of day and was cloudy all day but that didn't stop me from working up a sweat. the trail was a lot rougher than I remember but I 6.4 mile trip from my house and back in about 1 hour. I also had the Seasons Soundtrack playing the whole time. It made me feel bad ass bombing down paradise rim.

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Paradise Canyon

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This is my first trail with my new bike and my first trail in a few years. We took off from the Chuckawalla trailhead and had a nice decent to the wash but after that it was a hell of a climb up Turtle Wall trail. We did a lot of climbing and hand to stop a few times. Just so you know I’m kind of out of shape. The trails are very rocky and had to walk a few uphill sections because of the rocks

The view wasn't worth the trip up. For me it never is, the only thing worth the climb is the downhill. The type of downhill where you don't care what happens and you hope you don't break anything. Paradise canyon was a super fun ride but it has a lot of traffic. It’s filled with hikers and joggers looking for a little exercise before work. So we stopped our momentum going uphill a few times just the let the hikers pass. it also gave us some time to chat with the ladies.

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