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Very impressive! That guy has to be in great shape with no heart issues. Every step he made on those steel pegs I kept thinking,I hope the guy who welded these pegs wasn't hung-over from the night before. As scary as that is, a freak thunderstorm has got to bring that experience to a whole new level...no pun intended. Great little flick!:tu
 

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I've seen it before.But it's neat to see it again!
That guys climbing method should put him out of a job!Very risky not tying off as he should.At that height,a gust of wind could blow him off that tower.
Or,a sudden rain storm.
I saw one of those towers fall in Stafford,Texas back around 1981/82.They were lifting a piece of equipment when it got tangled in a guy wire.Six or seven guys died.
We were standing outside work watching the lift when it fell.
Mike.:bowtieb:
 

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My first day would also be my last day... Later, Dave
 

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its funny how you think you have done things only a certain percentage of the population have done and you walk around feeling pretty proud then you watch something like this and it sure brings you back down to earth[pardon the pun ]
 

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Man! that just about made me hurl just watching it!!! No way Jose' . Dave
 

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Totally Insane. Seems to me that the designer/engineer of the tower could have made a much safer way to the top.
 

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Crazy.... 1,700 + feet off the ground free climbing. NO WAY for me to earn a living of get pumped up about. The view, 50+ miles to the horizon would be cool. I would only do it if I trusted 4 good weathermen to let me know their wouldn't be high winds or lightening!
 

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All that just to change a light-bulb !
If I didn't have Vertigo before I sure as heck do now
not the job for me I'm afraid
I get the jitters on a 6 foot ladder
and I really struggled just watching that video !
 

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I have worked out of a cherry picker 75' up and that was high enough, funny how you get used to it after a while. It's not the fall that going to hirt if thay slip !!
 

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Wow, been a while since I've seem one of these.

I guess he started in the "Double Dog Dare you to Climb"
as a kid... Must have been the Winner,, always.

I have not prob with going up the mast on my sailboat, even
at sea, even rough out.. But, Holley C#$P,, not that high.

Oh, they forgot to mention,, those towers sway, a LOT..

I have a close friend in College that painted Electrical
Transmission Tower in the summer months for tuition.
He did this for several years. Made great money, his
wife did not like it at all.. He was very lean and arms
like Popeye.

I found a pic of my Grand Father a few years ago. I always
knew that he was supervisior [Electrical Engineer] for one
of the Public Electrical Utilities emergency crew .

But the pic I found was of Gramps standing out on one of the
higher arms on an electrical tower. Sure makes telephone and
electrical [wood] poles seems trivial in compairision.

The coolest thing was the pic was taken from another tower
so they were almost at the same height....

I don't have a date on the pic, But he looks to be
in his Mid 50's. A different breed of men !!

Not me, I'll stick to my Engineering Desk Jockey Job !!

Any of you Guys try this ?

Michael...
 

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that is not on my bucket list.
 

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That's just stupid. Osha would have a fit with those guys. Someone could have designed is much better than that. You should not have to free climb on any thing that tall.
 

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My hands sweated the whole time I watched it! I used to climb up cooling towers that were only 300' high to change light bulbs, but we had a slip line with a fall brake that hooked to a pole that ran the whole length to the top. Great view at 300', but this took the cake.
 

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I've got 152 parachute jumps, hundreds and hundreds of rappels outta helicopters, and you will NOT see me doing that.

I wonder if he has to ground his brass testicles while he works?
 

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Geez... What a rush watching that!!! I love it
Thanks for posting :tu

Just one question - Why do they wear helmets!!!??? :rolleyes:

It seems to me that the proper safety would be a parachute. On the other hand that would also be very dangerous considering the tower guidelines...

As the speaker says:
"This is called free climbing, meaning that no safety lines are used. It's easier, faster and most tower workers climb this way."
Now, that seems VERY stupid... How many tower workers reach retirement age...
 
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