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Old 01-10-2010   #1
 
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Fun with scaffolding (backyard kicker)

The starting tower is 2 tiers of scaffolding, 11 feet high, so its not that huge, but it sure looks intimidating looking down the track from up top. The in run plank is only 20" wide, which looks tiny from up there.

The kicker is a half tall section of scaffolding that is 3 feet high with 7 feet of table and another seven feet of landing ramp.

Everything is covered in old carpet; it slides ok wetted down, but its not Woodward. More carpet was added to pad out some corners and the runnout.

What is really needed is 2 more feet of snow. I've scraped up all of the loose snow from the yard to build the transition and the landing.

I used a hose to ice it all down bullet proof.

The adjustable starting chair was only used to let Riley work his way up to the top slowly, if not altogether safely.

This thing is mainly for Riley, but I gave it a few test runs to make sure it was reasonable.

With only 11 feet of starting ht, the airs are not that big, but much more and we'd be clearing the landing ramp.

The transition is a little awkward, but we don't have much space to move the ramp further away. There wasn't enough snow to really round out the kicker. I need to build one out of wood with smoother curves.

Riley was on it until I told him it was too dark.

I've got quick clip I'll try to add later.

Let's hope the neighbors don't mind too much.
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with those kind of magyver skills you could easily rig up a snowmaker w/ the garden hose and an air compressor all you is need a little more snow to smooth those transitions, maybe steal it from the neighbors or fill up the truck @ the ice rink.
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wow, I'm on my way over.
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Lets take it "Downtown"... We are paying taxes on those stadiums for something!

They did this 60 years ago in Chicago (still do infact at Fox River Grove outside Chicago).. LEts get it done in Denver!
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We were more after the freestyle version like they build in San fransisco:
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We just did the same thing with scaffolding. We also used a plank it is skinny on the drop in. I built a 3 foot kicker to 20' flat rail its sick. Same situation here we snow farmed the hole yard so when eat shit it hurts. All the little kids laugh at ya while your trying to breath its fun for the hole family.Porkchop I'm not far from you if want to show us the garden hose compressor setup your more than welcome come hit this thing and have some beers. The beers help with the progression of the tricks on the rail. Shawn
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I climbed up on the roof to get a shot of the whole thing including the landing ramp; I added it to the original post.

I had to bring in half a dozen wheelbarrow loads of snow in from the street to improve the transition and re coat the in-run and run-out.

Riley must have hit it 20 more times before it got dark. I hit it a handful myself. The transition is improving, but is still pretty abrupt for me. He's got it pretty dialed in now. It really doesn't offer quite enough air to do many tricks, but he's getting a stylie little kick out going. I'll try to patch together a few video clips before too long.
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This is the bigger Article which is quite interesting in its own right on the Chicago Jump(s).

When Timber Engineers Brought Ski Jumping to Chicago Peeling Back the Bark
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