Are you afraid of heights? If so, do not watch this: LINK.
I am not "afraid of heights" per se, but I am very afraid of falling, and the sudden impact that results when after a long fall, and you hit a very hard surface, the instantaneous deceleration tends to fracture human bones and rupture internal organs. Back when I used to be part of the Michelin Tire Spartanburg Plant's volunteer fire & first responder team, I climbed to the top of a 200 foot hook & ladder truck ladder, that was set up at a 60 degree incline, in the plant parking lot, on a windy day, with sparse, building, cumulus clouds moving rapidly from West to East at about a 2000 feet altitude. The climb up was fine, and we each wore a safety line that you had to "unhook" and "re-hook" every 50 feet. The first unhook, no problem. The 2nd, I had some hesitation. By the third unhook, I was almost paralyzed, as the ladder swayed in the breeze. I got over it, got to the top, looked around while maintaining a tenuous grip on the ladder, and then began my descent.
As I watched the linked video here, I kept thinking of that tiny little 200 foot volunteer climb I did 20 years ago, and how insignificant is was compared to what this video demonstrates.
Not a job I'd enjoy doing.
1 year ago