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Yesterday, I got my disc wedged under some roots at the base of a tree about 25 ft straight down the side of a cliff.  The creek was flowing pretty fast, water was cold, and the wind was kicking around 30mph.  After 20+ failed attempts at retrieving the disc, I thought of it,.................  Bear Grylls, what would he do??!! 

 

Evaluate your surroundings, use what  you have and let nature provide the rest.   Guess the Marine in me was turning some gears, thinkin I was 21 all over again.  I found a sturdy tree on the edge of the cliff, ran my Golden retriever around it and looped it back through the yellow metal retriever, leaving me about 30ft of rope.  I was by myself, so I wondered if it didn't hold, I might fall, break a leg, perhaps tumble into the creek and be swept away,....  but Bear doesn't think that way. 

 

 I used every inch of it to Rappel down a super muddy Cliffside.  So, if you ever wondered the true tinsel strength of a golden retriever line, i'm not sure what it is, but a 210lb man rappelled down and back up, putting most of my weight on it.  That was fun!!  I sat there for a second,  to catch a breather before making the trek back to my car,... should I eat this insect crawling on my foot? 

 

 

So, ever used something in your bag to do something it wasn't intended for???!!

 

J.D. Guy

a.k.a. "Bear Grylls of Disc Golf"

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I am a fan of the slingshot, added one for this season. Current stats: 1 disc shot down (30 ft up a spruce), 7 marbles into the deep snow (I may need a little more practice).

Kudos to J.D. on the retriever climb. Nice solution for getting the disc back.

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