"On July 5, 2009, John Bachar died in a free solo accident at Dike Wall near Mammoth Lakes, California. While the exact reasons for his fall may never be known, some have speculated he may possibly have been hit by a loose rock that fell from above. Others believe he may simply have fell due to a lack of feeling and strength in his right arm and hand; a residual injury left over from his car accident"
So I wonder if any of these radio tower guys have died on the job?
Thanks for the info. I remember now that he had an obit in the NYTimes.
I thought about the get-fired aspect, but I'm guessing the number of people who this could be can be counted on very few fingers worldwide, and that the owners of this tower would not only recognize their structure instantly, but also be able to figure out who it was in an instant.
They recently finished the 1300 ft. Trump Tower here in Chicago.
"It's been nearly four weeks since January 3 when a helicopter lowered the structural undergirding for Trump Tower's spire into place. As you may recall, the gray fiberglass shell of the spire was supposed to be installed by now. And that meant--tah dah!--that we were finally going to see how this skyscraper really meets the sky."
Following that link I notice that the Shanghai World Financial Centre dwarfs the others. I was in Shanghai recently and I would never have guessed it was that massive, probably because there are a number of tall building close to it. On the other hand the Sears tower used to look massive. May be that is less the case with this new addition to the chicago skyline.
As an aside, why do the radio antenna count towards the height of the buildings? It seems like cheating with respect to the record books.
One more thing, when did the Sears tower change it's name to the WIllis tower?
One of my climbing buds here in the Springs did El Cap a couple of dozen times in the 1980s. One of his partners insisted on separate porta-ledges....he needed some privacy because the only way he could cope with the stress of doing a big wall and sleep up there at night was to take care of a certain sort of private business before calling it a night. My friend and a different partner were up there, on a porta-ledge, when the October 1989 earthquake hit the Bay Area. They most definitely felt it. Stuff was moving around, there was no small amount of rockfall in the Valley. They were scared sh#tl@ss.
Has anyone tried this yet? Saw a feature on the EdgeWalk on top of the CN Tower in Toronto on the Today Show earlier in the week. Now this looks like (scary) fun! It's not cheap--$175.00US, but you get pictures and a video. I've added it to my bucket list!
The holds on that tower are vastly better then an most of the places available on major climbs like El Cap. A friend of mine (worked with him three years, he stays with us occasionally for several months) is from Moscow and he was a competitive mountain climber in the USSR. He said that he did climbs with similar exposure/length as El Cap etc. I do not think he would be awed by that video, which was very 'shaky', which exaggerated the difficulty, I think. Of course, I do not have the background in climbing of Dr.Jay and Conar, so I do pay attention to them.
...it was finally completed, with the 100 ounce (2.85 kg) aluminum tip/lightning-rod being put in place on December 6, 1884. The tip was the largest single piece of aluminum cast at the time, when aluminum commanded a price comparable to silver. Two years later, the Hall–Héroult process made aluminum easier to produce and the price of aluminum plummeted, making the once-valuable tip nearly worthless, though it still provided a lustrous, non-rusting tip that served as the original lightning rod. The monument opened to the public on October 9, 1888.
I like photo #3....lots of loops of webbing wrapped around the thing.
I wonder if there's an OSHA description of exactly how, safety-wise, a crew is supposed to go about inspecting the Washington Monument for damage after an earthquake? (Maybe goes like "Section CXLVIII.R.92.a (iv): Post-earthquake inspection of government-owned obelisks")
On Wednesday, 7 August 1974, shortly after 7:15 a.m., Petit stepped off the South Tower and onto his 3/4" 6×19 IWRC (independent wire rope core) steel cable. He walked the wire for 45 minutes, making eight crossings between the towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan. In addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head.
As soon as Petit was observed by witnesses on the ground, the Port Authority Police Department dispatched officers to take him into custody. One of the officers, Sgt. Charles Daniels, later reported his experience:
I observed the tightrope 'dancer'—because you couldn't call him a 'walker'—approximately halfway between the two towers. And upon seeing us he started to smile and laugh and he started going into a dancing routine on the high wire....And when he got to the building we asked him to get off the high wire but instead he turned around and ran back out into the middle....He was bouncing up and down. His feet were actually leaving the wire and then he would resettle back on the wire again....Unbelievable really....Everybody was spellbound in the watching of it.
To be precise, free-soloist. Free climbing is when one uses a rope and protection but only as back-up, with progress up the climb made with only the hands/feet (sometimes the knees, hip, elbow, etc). Free soloing is that guy, no gear. Aid climbing is when one weights their protection, to rest or to advance upward.
I'd say young Alex Honnold has a 50/50 chance of living another five years. I've never climbed in the Valley, but the crux pitch of the route he soloed on Half Dome has a few incredibly sketchy moves, pure friction moves with hardly a wrinkle in the granite for the hands and feet. The Phoenix, shown on 60 Minutes, is rated 5.13a and the first time that rating was ever used on a rock climb was 1979. He's soloing what was at the limit of what guys were climbing with ropes thirty years ago.
Wasn't sure whether to put this here or on the Darwin Award thread. Don't think we've had any slacklining posts here. Google "Taft Point Yosemite slacklining" for more photos and videos. I was at Taft Point last Friday with my kids and there were some guys slacklining, but they had on climbing harnesses and a tether to the line, should they fall. And a long fall it would be....3000', no exaggeration. So some people, like Dean Potter, a climber who also solos a lot of rock climbs, have done it without a tether.