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Climbing a 1700 foot tower


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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:26 AM

Could you do this job?



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#2 OFFLINE   veryoldschool

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:36 AM

My ego says I could make it as far as the inside part, though my body most likely wouldn't, but the outside part, even my ego wouldn't. ;) :lol:
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#3 OFFLINE   Carl Spock

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:51 AM

I got queasy just watching the video.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:58 AM

Is a parachute included? Climbing that high without any safety takes some guts.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:02 AM

Did you miss the elevator ride to 1600 feet? So you're only climbing 100 feet.

You guys could do that. You'd be just as dead falling 100 feet to the ground as 1700.

So far, I've only climbed to the 340 feet level on one of my company's towers, and at my age of 52, I may never go any higher, but it is not that hard if you're healthy.

By the way, it is a "guyed" tower, not a "guided" tower.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:05 AM

By the way, it is a "guyed" tower, not a "guided" tower.

But it was a guided tour of the guyed tower. :lol:
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:07 AM

The height wouldn't be the issue for me....the small margin of error for something to hand on to up there would.... :lol:
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:07 AM

There was an episode of World's Toughest Fixes on NATGEO where they spent the whole episode climbing on a 2000's tower and adding a gin pole to go even higher.

No way in h*ll would I even think about doing that and I have swam with sharks.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:13 AM

"If a storm is brewing, there's no quick way down."

O RLY? :lol:

My hands and feet are sweating just watching the video. There is no way in hell I would do that job. I tried to help some guys change a billboard face once and couldn't do it. I might ride up the elevator, look out the door, **** myself, and go back down, but there is no way I would free climb. 60' man lifts are just about my limit.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:40 AM

Uh-uh! :eek: :nono2: No freakin way! Just watching it, I'm still waiting for my 'boys' to come back down.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:43 AM

NO problem at all, spent my working career climbing and building towers.
The highest tower I worked on was the Walnut Grove tower in Calif.
It was only 2,000 feet.
No elevators when your building it, they go in after you get enough of the tower built to install one. After the tower was built we would install & aim the antennas as needed.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:11 AM

Nope, Nada.. no way ... I got sick to my stomach watching the video..:nono2:
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:17 AM

No way !!! - I can fly in an open cockpit / bubble cover just fine, but I'm terrified of being on the edge of a platform, nevermind going up a ladder like that. It's bad enough looking down over a 30 foot drop off my roof to the ground....
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:31 AM

No way !!! - I can fly in an open cockpit / bubble cover just fine, but I'm terrified of being on the edge of a platform, nevermind going up a ladder like that. It's bad enough looking down over a 30 foot drop off my roof to the ground....


:lol: I'm exactly the opposite, climbing and building towers, No Problem, as long as it's connected to Mother Earth, I'm fine, you put me in some thing like an airplane where there's no connection between it and the ground, FORGET IT!!! No Way.
Put me 2,000 feet up a tower any day, put me in an airplane at 2,000 feet and I will be like you looking off the edge of a platform, petrified.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:35 AM

I've done some crazy work in my day but I don't think I could handle that one. It is amazing that they allow for free-climbing like that but I guess it does make sense that it's safer in some aspects. I'm certainly glad that there are people who can and will do this kind of stuff, just like the "high steel" folks.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:37 AM

Umm.....I'll pass.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:39 AM

I found the video relaxing. Would not be intimidated doing something like that. Was HALO certified in the Army.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:52 AM

:nono: I'd get sick, even watching the video.:eek2: Riding the elevators on the outside of Seattle's Space Needle was a frightening experience for me. Before going out on the observation deck, I fortified myself with a libation in the lounge. I was similarly uneasy in the John Hancock Center observation floor in Chicago. Needless to say, I have severe acrophobia.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 12:05 PM

The elevator ride up, no problem. The climbing on the inside of the tower I could do but there is no way I could get out of the tower and climb on the outside.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 12:06 PM

I'll pass.<lol>

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