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I have never gotten the chance to work on one but I know a few guys that have. it is a whole other world up there. I know one guy who dropped a $100.00 bill off one at about 600 feet. He said that bill probably floated a mile from the tower. Life can get interesting once you pass 100'!!!!
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The only way I'm going up is with a safety line and a parachute. How do you think they got all that erected? Helicopter?
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Just think of the size of a Sail boat if that was its mast... and size of the sails...
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The only way I'm going up is with a safety line and a parachute. How do you think they got all that erected? Helicopter?
They used a gin pole like this Wireless Estimator It climbs the tower as it is built and then you just climb it back down when you are done and dismantle it and take it to the next job.
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I'm not usually intimidated by heights, but this video made me woozy, too.

There was a point where the free-climber pauses to check for electrical storms, and the narrator mentions that there's no quick way to get back down. I was thinking, "Oh yes there is!"
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There was a point where the free-climber pauses to check for electrical storms, and the narrator mentions that there's no quick way to get back down. I was thinking, "Oh yes there is!"
I had the exact same thought.... While parachutes would seem a reasonable safety measure, I suppose even today they are too bulky and heavy for that kind of climbing.
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It reminded me of of a video on the Discovery Channel (?) that shows power transmission linemen who ride on a helicopter to the transmission tower, discharge what looks like a death blast of static, then leave the helicopter and hang on the tower while doing the maintenance. Not as high as this of course, but how do they find people to do that stuff?

I think your right Chef - wonder how that job interview is conducted?
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If the tops guys job is dangerous, I would want to get paid double to be the guy following him. Not only do you have to worry about you slipping but the guy above you also.

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A much more mundane observation about that video...what kind of shape is that guy in? I'm guessing he doesn't need to go to the gym.
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