A Job You Don’t Want: Climbing An 1,800-Foot Lightning Rod

What’s it like being a technician who free-climbs a third-mile tall broadcast tower to go to work? Every bit as terrifying as you’d imagine.

By Ky Henderson

We could describe to you what it’s like being a technician who has to free-climb a 1,768 foot broadcasting tower with a 30-pound tool bag dangling on a rope tied to his waist, only to reach the top to do his job while balancing on about one square foot of metal. But you may as well just watch this terrifying video of it instead.

Oh, and kids? Learn a lesson from these guys and make sure you wear a helmet when you’re dangling off the top of a ladder taller than the Willis (nee Sears) Tower. It could save your life.


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