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I used to think I wasn't scared of heights. But I don't think I could do that. I was fine until he had to go outside the tower frame and with no safety equipment. I kept thinking "I wonder how long it would take to hit the ground?".

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I guess your buddy has a pair of bronze Christmas ornaments.................

 

How often would someone need to climb that???

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I guess your buddy has a pair of bronze Christmas ornaments.................

 

How often would someone need to climb that???

 

He said oh its not that bad only 2 to 3 times a week as needed

All I know the ambulance bill or depends bill would be in a race

 

Yea I wasn't bad with it until they move to the outside pheeeewy

crazy made me nervous just sitting and seeing... 

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I have a fear of heights and man there is (sensored) way you would get me anywhere near there!

I kept expecting to see him fall or a plane run into him.

No way could you pay me enough to climb that.

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I kept thinking "I wonder how long it would take to hit the ground?".

1768' in about 10.5 second.  It is not high enough to need to calculate terminal velocity.

 

How long does it take to climb up one?

 

By the way Dennis, your friend is certifiable.

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1768' in about 10.5 second.  It is not high enough to need to calculate terminal velocity.

 

How long does it take to climb up one?

 

By the way Dennis, your friend is certifiable.

 

Yep he is certifiable ----- :huh: dam wonder what that says about me

 

10.5 sec ummm wonder how many screams that is

one long one

or

a bunch of short bursts

 

Really one of those questions I do not want to have first hand knowledge off   :blink:

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Did anyone notice them wearing helmets?  Whats the point at that height?

 

 

No wait you have the eureka moment......

 

Here you are climbing along just about to the top

whooo slip, slip, grab, grab the unthinkable happens

you find yourself falling through the air headed towards terminal velocity

you have over 10 second's so the first few are used up by a scream

then wham o it hits you

You have your high tech helmet with Kevlar materials, heck this baby will stop a bullet

so hitting the ground will not be a pro------------------

 

Moral to the story is that the fall is the easy part the hard part to get over is the sudden stop

 

Those guys have to have nerves of steel mine are more like jelly :huh:    

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I happened across this video.

 

Climbing a tower with proper safety gear.  Something we should think about while hanging those lights from the roof.

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