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Climbing a 1700 foot tower

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Chris Blount, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. hidef2010

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    Well, I may be able to do the elevator ride to 1600'.... but there is no way on God's good earth I would get out to free climb another 100'.:nono:

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  2. dpeters11

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    I can't even clean my own gutters...

    There were two parts that got to me. After climbing a while, the voiceover says he's only got 60 more feet to go, and at the top "tricky part."

    No way I could do it, even without free climbing.
     
  3. Greg Alsobrook

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    No way. Add me to the list of those who got nervous/queasy just watching the video.
     
  4. Chris Blount

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    Same here. The folks at IMAX have got to figure out a way to capture something like that...in 3D. The audience would get sick.

    The only way I could do a job like that is to do it at night. With night climbing there is no sense of distance between you and the ground. No vertigo, no nothing. I tried it once on a 100' tower and it worked. :)
     
  5. yosoyellobo

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    For me the tricky part would be getting into the elevator.
     
  6. TMarshall

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    For me the hardest part would be the swaying. I bet even in a light/no breeze that tower is moving a foot or more back and forth. Would be a real test to the internal balance.
     
  7. James Long

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    Looks like fun and I wish I had tried it when I had the chance (on shorter towers). Up is pretty easy but coming down safely is the hard part. I was always the most nervous when after a long day of climbing the crew was coming down. They were no longer freshly rested ... they were tired from a hard day's work. Yet they had to make a safe climb down. Sometimes they would leave their gear and come back the next morning to unrig the tower.

    As for "no safety" even when free climbing the worker should be clipped off at all times. Not an easy task ... climb a few steps, move the clips, climb a few steps, move the clips ... it doubles the effort (if not more).

    If you're clipped and you slip you don't go far. But if you slip and get hurt it can be deadly - and dangerous for those getting you off the tower. I watched a crew practice a rescue on a 150ft tower. They carried special equipment to allow them to lower a person safely. Not all crews are trained to do that nor carry what they would need. It is a shame ... there are some very professional crews out there and others who rely more on good fortune.

    Most of the time when you hear of a climber (or climbers) dying it can be traced back to something they shouldn't have been doing. There were a few times where I went out with a solo climber knowing that if there was a problem there would be no rescue. One would have to find another climber to go get them down. I preferred to work with pairs or teams.

    BTW: One semi-pro told me of working on the Sears Tower in Chicago (it wasn't Willis when he worked on it). He rode the elevator up like everyone else but when he stepped outside to the towers he lost his lunch. He didn't have the climb to get used to the height.
     
  8. jerry downing

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    He said that in the event of lightning there is no quick way down. What scares me is that there IS a quick way down.
     
  9. matt

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    It's not the fall that hurts, it's the landing!

    {rimshot}
     
  10. James Long

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    Most of the people I worked with would not stay up on a tower if a storm was closer than a safe trip down. (In other words, if the climb down was 90 minutes and a potential storm was two hours out they would be packing up for the climb down.)

    There is a lot of reward for getting it done. Some are tempted to keep working even when not completely safe. I wouldn't want to test the theory, but it is possible that the lightning would bypass the person and take the path of least resistance - the tower. But those climbing with damp ropes or steel cables may find themselves more in harm's way.
     
  11. fluffybear

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    No Thank You, I have problems going up a ladder and cleaning the gutters.
     
  12. matt

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    A $40 Lowe's gift card and a new pack of Fruit of the Looms. :lol:
     
  13. Matt9876

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    If I were in my 20s no problem,I use to climb the pegs on power distribution towers on top of the mountains.:)


    Now days no way especially when he got to the part with no horizontal pegs,at that point Game Over player one !!

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    NOTE: Video has been removed due to copyright violation.
     
  14. houskamp

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    all depends on how stable it is.. if it's swaying with every move, I'm out..
     
  15. dpeters11

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    video was removed
     
  17. James Long

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    Here is another tower site ... not removed ...
    [YOUTUBEHD]qgz3NtGDAhY[/YOUTUBEHD]
     
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    Stop! Stop! No more ridiculous heights, I can't take it any more! :eek2:
     
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