changing a light bulb

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Kiernan
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changing a light bulb

Postby Kiernan » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:34 am

This is pretty ballsey.

Andy, do you free climb these towers?

http://www.liveleak.com/e/07b_1284580365

Luke Frash
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Re: changing a light bulb

Postby Luke Frash » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:08 pm

That looks pretty fun, if Andy ever needs an assistant I would definately volunteer.

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Andy Aakhus-Witt
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Structural Reinforcement

Postby Andy Aakhus-Witt » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:40 am

No, Kiernan, at work I do not "free climb" telecommunications towers: rather, I use fall-protection equipment such as a full-body harness with lanyards and rappel lines.

Here for example I am on rappel with a lanyard on a backup line (January in Puerto Rico):
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Here (today in Juneau, AK) I am on step pegs with a grillon, a lanyard, and a lad-safe.
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Thanks for taking an interest in my occupation! The video you linked to is a an example of unsafe climbing, and it caused a lot of discussion when it came out.

Luke, we will have to see about setting you up as an assistant, but if so, I'll require you to climb using fall protection; the Rocky Mountain PBS tower on Lookout Mountain needs a structural upgrade, and I hope to work on that job if/when it comes in!

Outside of work, however, you may in fact find me free soloing the flatirons, or doing a handstand near a crevasse on the Mendenhall Glacier:
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Kiernan
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Re: changing a light bulb

Postby Kiernan » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:46 am

Thanks Andy. They are great pics. The handstand is the best one.


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