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Title: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: oscarvan on December 04, 2010, 12:24:43 PM
Do not watch this unless seated in a chair equipped with a restraining device. If you have been drinking you may want to have a small bucket nearby........

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Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: capozzoli on December 04, 2010, 01:17:23 PM
I can walk steel at four or five stories. But that is out of the question. That takes a certain kind of person for sure.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: beerocd on December 04, 2010, 01:33:44 PM
I can walk steel at four or five stories. But that is out of the question. That takes a certain kind of person for sure.

I've jumped out of a plane, but this just seems dangerous!  :o
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: uthristy on December 04, 2010, 02:10:24 PM
 I've been clocked doing 165mph in the rain @ daytona on a motorcycle but no frikkin wayy would I ever do that  :o

Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: dzlater on December 04, 2010, 02:27:11 PM

I kept waiting for him to stop climbing.
"from here it's only 60 more feet to the top"
 :o
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: weazletoe on December 04, 2010, 04:18:45 PM
I get queasy sitting on rest area toilets. But, that dudes glutes must look amazing!!   ;D
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: maxieboy on December 04, 2010, 04:50:10 PM
Here's one for yas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz32kXTPZqU&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz32kXTPZqU&feature=related)
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: euge on December 04, 2010, 04:56:17 PM
Do not watch this unless seated in a chair equipped with a restraining device. If you have been drinking you may want to have a small bucket nearby........

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Someones got to do it. But not me. Not ever.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: denny on December 04, 2010, 07:22:47 PM
I used to not be afraid of heights.  In about 81, when I was touring as a roadie, I decided I'd take a job as a rigger hanging points for chain motors.  I could make an extra $100-200 a day in just a few minutes.  Everything went fine until we were playing a hockey rink somewhere in Canada.  As I was crawling out a beam to hang a point, I looked down and thought "I could die".  That was all it took.  It took me nearly 1/2 an hour to inch my way back.  My palms are sweating as I type this just thinking about it.  To this day, if I do much more than stand on a chair, I start losing it.  I even have a hard time watching movies involving heights.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: akr71 on December 04, 2010, 07:59:41 PM
I'm not afraid of heights, but that made me nauseous.  Err, let me re-phrase that, I'm not afraid of heights in enclosed spaces - elevators, skyscrapers, airplanes etc - but is I'm up so high that the wind (or any other weather) could cause me to fall, I'll tense right up, especially if I have to rely on my own coordination and agility (or lack there of) to survive.

I'm glad someone has the stones to do that, but I'm more glad its not me...
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: capozzoli on December 04, 2010, 08:04:57 PM
Im not afraid of heights, its the fall that Im afraid of.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: weazletoe on December 04, 2010, 08:09:35 PM
I've been on a lot of roofs, doing HVAC work, dropping flu-liners. I can do with a ranch house, if the pitch is not to bad. But, get me a two story, or anything over a 8-12 pitch, and I'm done. I do ok in a scissor lift, no matter how high. I've been in many ceiling that were a 20' drop or better. Ok, with that too. Funny thing, I'm not scared of the height. I'm afraid of what I'll. When I get up high, I get an almost uncontrollable urge to jump. As dumb as it sounds, I really have to talk myself out of it, and it's not easy. I heard a few other guys that have the same thing happen.
  I have fallen out of one attic, and through the drop ceiling. Took the whole grid down with me, about a ten foot drop. Ironically, it turned out to be my last day working for that company..... :-\
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: maxieboy on December 04, 2010, 08:09:58 PM
Im not afraid of heights, its the fall that Im afraid of.

I'm not afraid of the fall, just the sudden deceleration at the end.  :D
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: tubercle on December 04, 2010, 08:12:37 PM
Im not afraid of heights, its the fall that Im afraid of.

 Tubercle too. A terrible way to die. Too much time to think about it. I saw the films of those folks jumping out of the trade towers.

 Not afraid of heights but what is holding me up. Buildings & planes OK, scaffolding not so much.

 Watching this video made me sick. Had to drink a few extras to regain my composure.

Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: tubercle on December 04, 2010, 08:16:42 PM
When I get up high, I get an almost uncontrollable urge to jump. As dumb as it sounds, I really have to talk myself out of it, and it's not easy. I heard a few other guys that have the same thing happen.
 

 That's weird. I had the same feeling standing at the back of a cruise ship watching the wake. It's like "go ahead...it's OK". I liked to freaked the F&%c out!

 Later, much later, this was mentioned to Ms. Tubercle, she said she had the same experience. What causes that?!?
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: maxieboy on December 04, 2010, 08:18:46 PM
When I get up high, I get an almost uncontrollable urge to jump. As dumb as it sounds, I really have to talk myself out of it, and it's not easy. I heard a few other guys that have the same thing happen.
 

 That's weird. I had the same feeling standing at the back of a cruise ship watching the wake. It's like "go ahead...it's OK". I liked to freaked the F&%c out!

 Later, much later, this was mentioned to Ms. Tubercle, she said she had the same experience. What causes that?!?

Watching too many crazy YouTube vids!


edit: maybe being married to each other! LOL!
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: weazletoe on December 04, 2010, 08:20:27 PM
That's excatly what I'm talking about. Something tells me to do it. It's ok, it'll be fun. My worst experience with it always happens at Niagra Falls. Last time I was there, I literally had to stand 50' back from the rail, it was so overwhelming. It's a very scary feeling.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: capozzoli on December 04, 2010, 08:21:58 PM
Yeah, I should say that I dont walk the beams anymore. I put my feet on the bottom flange and do the shimmy out to where I have to go. Fortunately only have to do this sometimes.

When I first worked on steel in the Iron Workers I had a brief training lesson in school and they sent me right up. I was doing but got scared like Denny did, started doing the shimmy and the guy I was up there with started yelling down. "Can you get someone up here that can walk!". I was so embarrassed.

I didnt last long. They got me a job in the navy yard, worked there for a couple of years and then went on to something else.

Not every one can do it. That tower climb is unbelievable. I would rather be lowered from a helicopter.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: tubercle on December 04, 2010, 08:24:12 PM
 We may be infected with alien arsenic eating bacteria :D
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: tubercle on December 04, 2010, 08:30:08 PM
Here's to your being lowered by a helicopter thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIjC7DjoVe8

 Crazy folks live in this world.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: alikocho on December 04, 2010, 10:24:58 PM
I climb, and the main thing I noted in the video was how cavalier this guy was about his protection. I can cope with the height on the basis that my fall is limited by equipment. Oh, and this would be cold and he's in short sleeves...

That said, I did once exit an airplane in a landrover, and have rappelled from many a helicopter. You just have ton believe that it won't hurt
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: weazletoe on December 04, 2010, 10:59:20 PM
BFI ? Is that you? Hehehehe..........just bustin you man!  ;D
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: jaybeerman on December 04, 2010, 11:53:40 PM
Not for me either; although I don't mind climbing and don't mind heights, I don't have the balance.  I don't think I could transition from the rungs to standing on top of that tower.  As far as heights go, I always liked this guy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81gn2oLeC_U&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: 1vertical on December 05, 2010, 01:57:38 AM
problems with opposite of heights....Depths?
worked 5 years 700 feet straight down in the mine....
also worked top lander 700 feet above the bottom of the shaft...
my ears popped 3 times in each direction just doing the travel.
just a job... ;)  pay was good tho
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: bluesman on December 05, 2010, 02:22:00 AM
I perform home inspections part-time, so climbing is a part of my job.  I have a 32' ext. ladder that I use to climb atop 3 story structures pretty regularly. 

As a child I use to build tree forts and I loved to climb.  It takes quite a bit of stamina to climb and the guys that were climbing that structure are quite fit.  It's a physically demamding job.  One must be in tip-top shape to do that job and that is for sure.  I would do it for the right price.  I don't tink it would pay enough for me though.

Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: akr71 on December 05, 2010, 02:45:18 AM
Me too - as a kid we had a 2 story tree fort that I had no problems with.  I also remember climbing the TV antenna and up onto the roof of the house, and then running around on the roof.  I guess now that I have a firm grasp on my mortality, I have no desire to test its limits.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: tygo on December 05, 2010, 04:40:52 AM
I used to climb big trees as a kid as well but that is way different than what those guys are doing.  I actually had to avert my eyes a couple of times when I was watching that video.  My wife was sitting behind me with our youngest son and got a great kick out of it:  "Look, daddy can't even watch!".

If they offered me a million bucks to climb up there I'd have to pass.
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: punatic on December 05, 2010, 09:14:38 AM
When I get up high, I get an almost uncontrollable urge to jump. As dumb as it sounds, I really have to talk myself out of it, and it's not easy. I heard a few other guys that have the same thing happen.
 

 That's weird. I had the same feeling standing at the back of a cruise ship watching the wake. It's like "go ahead...it's OK". I liked to freaked the F&%c out!

 Later, much later, this was mentioned to Ms. Tubercle, she said she had the same experience. What causes that?!?

(http://www.playthesegamesfree.com/agcattitude%20The%20Devil%20Made%20Me%20Do%20It.gif)
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: alikocho on December 05, 2010, 09:20:26 AM
When I get up high, I get an almost uncontrollable urge to jump. As dumb as it sounds, I really have to talk myself out of it, and it's not easy. I heard a few other guys that have the same thing happen.
 

 That's weird. I had the same feeling standing at the back of a cruise ship watching the wake. It's like "go ahead...it's OK". I liked to freaked the F&%c out!

 Later, much later, this was mentioned to Ms. Tubercle, she said she had the same experience. What causes that?!?

(http://www.playthesegamesfree.com/agcattitude%20The%20Devil%20Made%20Me%20Do%20It.gif)

Freud talked about this. He believed that we all have a self-destructive urge which surfaces from time to time, but most of us can control it. It's a recognition of the fragility of existence. He drew this conclusion from watching people, but also as a means of trying to explain WWI.
 
Title: Re: Problems with heights.....??
Post by: punatic on December 05, 2010, 09:51:34 AM
In my younger days I used to torque test connecting bolts and inspect welds on steel buildings.  I'd walk around fearlessly 20 - 30 floors up with a 5 ft. long torque wrench and no fall protection.  I just focused on what was immediately around me.  I didn't see anything else.  I'd walk across a 50 ft. section of 2" wide joist, 100 ft. up without a second thought.  It was just like walking down the first base line, in my mind's eye.

These days I doubt I'd have the discipline or guts to climb a column to the second floor.  But then again, I got an engineering degree so I wouldn't have to anymore.

BTW, the dry adiabatic lapse rate is 3.56°F for every 1000 ft. gain in elevation.  So the guy on the top of the tower was only about 6° cooler than he was at ground level (not including wind-chill).

I worked and partied with a crew of tower erectors.  They are a breed apart.  Bigger stones than mine for sure!