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Re: [TowerTalk] When to RETIRE from climbing?

To: Rex Lint <>, K8RI on TT <>,
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] When to RETIRE from climbing?
From: Roger Cooke <>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:33:16 +0000 (GMT)
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Hi Rex.

    You stop when you can no longer do it!  I am 72 and still climb my 120ft 
tower with no problems. However, I have now had to promise my son and
daughter that I won't climb without I arrange for somebody to be here.


Regards from Roger, G3LDI
Swardeston, Norfolk.

From: Rex Lint <>
To: K8RI on TT <>;
Sent: Thu, 17 March, 2011 21:26:59
Subject: [TowerTalk] When to RETIRE from climbing?

This brings up a question for me.  I'm 68 and I decited to quit climbing at
55, but then I get pressed into service each field day because I can "screw
up" a beam between the guywires, and I had to help K0TV put up his 50 ft
boom 20M stack last year because he can't climb, and I can't get help
everytime I need it on MY tower, so I climb mine SOLO...  my decision to
stop has been defeated at least every other month.

What age do YOU think folks should stop climbing?  How about climbing in
their underwear?

       Rex Lint
       Merrimack, NH

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of K8RI on TT
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fw: [WISPA] Always climb with a buddy......

On 3/17/2011 3:45 PM, Marlon K. Schafer (509-982-2181) wrote:

To me, a nut clad only in his underware climbing a tower really has 
little to do with tower safety except maybe for anticlimb devices and a 
better fence in this case as it was a commercial tower.

It's a good idea to have helpers on the ground when climbing, but I'd 
bet that well over half the climbs on ham towers are solo.

Even at my age the idea of a solo climb does not bother me.  OTOH I 
*need* some one(s) on the ground as I'd be lost without go-fers.  When I 
go up it's usually for a number of reasons which makes it difficult to 
foresee all the tools and parts that will be needed or that I can haul 
up and down by myself.


Roger (K8RI)


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