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Amongst the clouds: Climbing a 1,768-foot transmission tower
In this video, two workers free climb up a tower that's taller than the Empire State Building or the Sears Tower.
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM
It's hard to watch this video and not have your stomach churn. It shows two workers climbing the last 168 feet of a 1,768-foot high transmission tower; an elevator had already taken them up 1,600 feet. These guys have titanium-steel stomachs for exposure. They quietly and calmly climb up, around, and over the various structures, rungs, and beams that jut out from the tower.
I can't imagine what their hourly rate is, but I'm guessing it has to land in the low- to mid- three figures.
What a view! The horizon for those climbers was 55 miles, meaning they were looking down on a little less than 10,000 square miles, or about the size of Vermont or New Hampshire.
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