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September 19, 2010 AT 1:01 pm

Broadcast Tower Maintenance is Scary Business

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhtgsAXmz7U

The first time I watched this, I got kind of nauseous. 1700 feet is really high.

FYI, it’s a lot less terrifying with Music for Airports playing in the background.

Thanks to Akiba for the tip.


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8 Comments

  1. Climbing without using a safety line (or even an additional parachute in this case) is just plain stupid. A ‘Darwin Award’ is waiting…

    And don’t tell me it’s impossible to build such a thing with rails that minimize the amount of de- and reattaching.

  2. Didn’t get nauseous until the exact moment that they inform you no safety lines are involved. Insane!

  3. That is pretty terrifying. I’ve jumped out of planes before, but I always knew I had a chute AND a spare.

    When thos guys are freeclimbing, they’ve got to be about ready to piss their pants if their hands get sweaty, the wind kicks up, or any number of other possibilities occur.

    Those are some brave people!

  4. Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!

    I love how your mind makes you so much more afraid of 1700 feet vs 50 ft. Both will kill you, but 1700′ just seems like it will hurt that much more.

  5. It may not be anywhere close to 1700 feet up but I still think these folks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V9Qkd3dElw are a little bit crazy.

  6. And what’s up with that ‘lightning’ sound effect? That’s just cruel.

  7. @george: A 50 ft drop will kill me nice and quick. Almost instant. A 1700 ft drop will take an agonizingly long time.

  8. lol…just another 60 feet to the top!?

    I think they need a little sign, "Planet below, please don’t throw."

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