World’s Largest Rope Swing Shut Down in MoabBy Michael Frank on February 5th, 2013
Corona Arch outside Moab was home to what was billed as the world’s largest rope swing. Was, because Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) informed an outfitter that it could no longer take paying clients to the arch, which remains open to private parties interested in climbing, rappelling, and even swinging. “If people want to huck themselves off a cliff or arch that’s their business,” said John Andrews, SITLA’s general counsel (no word on whether there was any irony in his voice when quoted). Where Andrews and SITLA had to draw the line was in permitting an outfitter with hucking, he elaborated. Oddly, though, it seems like letting Joe Hold-My-Beer-and-Watch-This rig a 250-foot pendulum swing through the geological feature rather than a licensed guide do the rigging would simply invite a heck of a lot more potential danger into the equation. But apparently the Beehive State is more worried about being sued, hence the ruling that will spike the guiding business of Utah High Adventure. Via Salt Lake Tribune.
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