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This is what I term "a real job." These guys have balls. You may have seen this one before. I hate the way he has to make sure to tighten each hand-hold bolt on the final stretch. It's a nightmare for me.
Seems I saw this, or one similar, a while ago. In response to the question "don't you get scared about falling from such a height", one climber replied: "Once you are higher then 50'. it makes no difference".
"Diamond Level"(Sphincter Pucker Factor) on this one. "Diamond level" is the level at which a lump of coal inserted between the cheeks is rendered into hardened, light-refracting crystalline form by the time there is an unclenching.
Yep. I've skydived, too. And when I was a kid (early 20s) I used to work as a construction lineman, climbing poles. Heights don't usually bother me.
But this video gave me vertigo. There's not enough money in the world for me to do that job -- even assuming I'm in good enough physical condition. It'd be a shame to find out in that last 60 feet that you were completely tuckered.
Well, one summer there were some folks at school who topped trees with a chainsaw while hanging from a helicopter. I suspect that was more dangerous than this, even if the altitude was less. More chance of the unexpected.
I managed to watch this video all the way through...ONCE. I could not watch it again, and can't conceive of trying to actually do this! I'm with you, dianainsa, hope they make a great deal of money doing this.
But, then again, I can't imagine working with the construction workers I've seen old photographs of, working on building the skyscrapers and bridges across the country.
"It's good to take a break and look around while you rest." I LOVE it!
I have a friend who I've know since the service (we were known to climb a tower crane once in a while just for kicks) who, when younger, made extra money from the county climbing comms towers to add or replace antennas (antennai?). (There's a song there - "He was a climber for the county")
I vaguely recall him telling me it was about 1 week's net of his normal county job for a couple hour's effort.
Nothing like this tower, of course. Probably nothing more than about 200' and most no more than 150' or so. But then again, no elevator to start out on.
In past times I could have been dared into going up a 200' tower, maybe. I know a 180' that beckons me still. Fortunately I know I ain't nearly fit enough no more and even if I were, I couldn't trust that rusty ol' ladder to hold my... ummm.... robustness.
I would never have gone up the thing in this video. How would you find a day when the wind wouldn't knock you off something that high? Free climb my fat ass!
Sometime ago one of those "reality shows" did a special on a tower climber. This was in North Carolina and WCPE's radio (I stream this radio station whenever I can) tower needed some repairs up on top. No elevator on that one.