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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Shea Gunther ( @sheagunther ) is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.