Helmet Camera: Free Climbing a 1768 Foot Guided Tower
This is video of a technician free climbing 1768 feet to the top of a transmissions tower, for repairs. Just so you know, that’s higher than the Sears Tower!
All the footage comes from a camera, mounted on the helmet of the technician. It’s a little wobbly in spots, but it really gives you the false sense that you’re looking at things from the technician’s perspective.
The initial climbing is scary, since you can see all the way down. But the amazing thing about this video is how it just keeps getting worse and worse and OH MY GOD. The moment he steps outside of the structure, I found myself in utter disbelief.
The whole time, I keep wanting to shout out “Why? Why are you doing this?” and “Is that a ladder? Why is that a ladder?” My stomach has dropped to my knees, and I can only watch the video in short bursts. Everytime I close the video window, I breathe a small sigh of relief.
If you’re the adventurous type, I dare you to watch this full-screen. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and sit on the floor for a while…
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