You forgot to mention the blindfold.
Glad wisps have a cents of humor
A. Huppenthal wrote:
First thing I do is get some leather soled, slip on shoes. I walk
through the mud and hop on the tower. I take an extra jacket that I tie
off to my waist and, if my legs get tired, re-tie it to the tower leg
and around me. Normally, the backpack I have on is filled with tools - I
bring everything, power drill, bits, wratchet set - its heavy and bulky,
but better than having to return to the ground. I usally wear just one
glove, that way if the ice on the tower is bothering my bare hand I can
just hold on with the gloved hand. I find it challanging when the wind
is blowing just before an electrical storm to get to the highest part of
the tower before I hear the thunder. I'll count down 18.104.22.168.5 after the
flash, and if I can get to 3, I know I'm safe.
Sometimes my loose jacket will snag on an antenna on the way up and hold
me up for a few seconds but I can swing around holding on with one hand.
I never climb with a rope. If I do drag a rope up with me, I make sure
its a nylon one - light and with no give. I'll weave it through the
tower as I go up, and keep the end of it wrapped up on one hand -
usually the bare one.
Once I'm up above 100 feet, I'll lock an arm around the tower and put
much shoe into a cross member to get relaxed. Sometimes the blood cuts
off in my arm and I can't feel anything in that arm, but I know I'm
safe. Often when I'm pulling up a 150 lbs of extra stuff on a '25 tower,
it tends to band into other antennas and get stuck, but if you pull
really hard, you can normally get it loose.
And if you do any of this stuff, don't call yourself a professional, or
complain if you are dead in a day of climbing.
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