Picture of the day -
September 9, 2006
Rappelling From Atop Backbone Rock
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Rock National Recreation Area in
Sutherland, TN is one of my favorite places to take pictures.
During the last two years, Cheria and I have photographed
Mountain Laurel blossoms, a
mossy log and a
boulder in the Jefferson National Forest. We have even captured
rock climbing up the side of "the rock".
Well, today we were lucky enough to witness some folks going the
other way... rappelling down the past-vertical face of
Backbone Rock! They tied their rope to the base of a gigantic pine
tree growing out of the top of the rock approximately 75 feet above
the ground below, then one-by-one they rappelled down the side of
the rock. After resting for a couple of minutes they took the steps
back up to the top and rappelled down the long snake of a rope
I remember how nervous I was back in my Army days when our
instructors made us rappel from the top of sturdy wooden towers, so
I can't even imagine sliding down a rope from atop Backbone Rock
with its thousands of sharp, loose rocks just waiting to cut the
rope or break loose and conk me on the head. The guys we saw today
surely must have nerves of steel!
You never know just what you'll see when you visit the Backbone
Rock National Recreation Area, but it's sure to be something you'll
never forget. Just be sure to take a camera along!
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