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#232889 - 09/28/11 02:39 AM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: unimogbert]
lukus Offline
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Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 170
Loc: TEXAS (where else?)
I've slipped through so many barbed wire fences it's almost secod nature. Just push down the strand that's crotch high and swing a leg and torso through in one smooth motion. I sometimes snag, but it's just a slow-down, not a stopper. On the tighter fences, I'll sometimes take off my Tshirt so it won't snag, even so, most of my ugly work Tshirts have little holes on the back.

I guess you could always carry a narrow 3 or 4 foot roll of carpet. Throw it over the top and slide over the top like all the prison-break movies. It could double as your sleeping pad.

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#232891 - 09/28/11 03:26 AM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: unimogbert]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
I've gotten over barbed wire fences okay, but it's those hot wires that I thought were turned off that tend to be a surprise. Zzzzt!

Sue

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#232893 - 09/28/11 04:51 AM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: lukus]
MoBOB Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1216
Loc: here
The essence of this is true. Cover the wire with a jacket or something similar. That is the second thing that came to my mind. I opted out of number 1; cutting. As stated by others, that is bad form.
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#232896 - 09/28/11 07:40 AM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: unimogbert]
adam2 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 410
Loc: Somerset UK
Carry wire cutters, but only cut the wire if life is at stake, as others point out, the wire is there for a good reason and cutting it might result in prosecution or being shot at.

To cross without cutting the wire, a forked stick to lift the bottom strand and keep it lifted whilst you wriggle underneath can help.

Another possibility is to carry a couple a pieces of expanded foam pipe insulation, slip these over two strands of the wire and squeeze between, with little risk of snagging.
The insulation material is rather bulky to carry, but very lightweight.

In many cases the barbed wire fence needs to be crossed without undue delay.
If however delay is acceptable, then cross at the hottest time of day since the wire will have expanded and be slightly less tight.

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#232898 - 09/28/11 08:51 AM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: bacpacjac]
Paul D. Offline
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Registered: 01/22/04
Posts: 177
Loc: Porkopolis
Originally Posted By: bacpacjac
Ah, this brings back chilhood memories from my grandparents' farm. My advice? All of the above. Carefully. Thoughtfully. Not at a full-tilt run with a ticcked-off bull charging you.


Been there and done that. Amazingly I don't even remember how I got over the fences when chased by a bull, and somehow I didn't get cut. It's amazing how a huge bull can materialize out of thin air just as you reach the midpoint of a field.
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#232900 - 09/28/11 10:33 AM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: unimogbert]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2822
There is a large military base near my parents farm and you can always tell when they are out in the field because I would have to go restretch the top wire, its pretty easy to just puch down on the top wire and cross over.
To do the least damage, follow the fence to a corner or gate and if you can't climp the gate there should be a diagonal brace at the post or the corner post, you can step up over the fence using that brace without stretching the wire.

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#232907 - 09/28/11 01:53 PM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: Paul D.]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3077

Quote:
Amazingly I don't even remember how I got over the fences when chased by a bull


Sometimes a Bull can be a tremendous aid in getting over a fence as shown here by Peter Potter. I suspect he didn't know either. wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoYONW2kFPc @5:21

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#232930 - 09/28/11 07:04 PM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: unimogbert]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2822
Probably enough adrenalin from being chased that you went over the fence without touching it. When I was in shape I could put my hands on the top of a post and jump over .

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#232948 - 09/29/11 11:47 AM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: Eugene]
unimogbert Offline
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Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 854
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: Eugene
Probably enough adrenalin from being chased that you went over the fence without touching it. When I was in shape I could put my hands on the top of a post and jump over .



Humans can fly. But only for short distances..... :-)

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#232950 - 09/29/11 12:15 PM Re: Best way to cross barbed wire fence? [Re: unimogbert]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Originally Posted By: unimogbert
Humans can fly. But only for short distances..... :-)


And with limited directional control.

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