[TowerTalk] Roswell Tower Accident
Mike Fatchett W0MU
w0mu at w0mu.com
Wed Oct 24 23:41:39 EDT 2007
Well it only takes a simple slip of the grip and down you go. Not all
towers are easy to climb like Rohn 45 or 55. The self supporting towers
take some getting used to to climb and position correctly.
I used to free climb my 45 long ago before kids and before I found my
brains. I would never consider free Climbing a tower today.
There is no reason to rush up a tower and risk your life. Take the time to
do it safely.
On 10/24/07 9:36 PM, "Doug Renwick" <ve5ra at sasktel.net> wrote:
> IMO if you can't free climb a tower then maybe you shouldn't be climbing
> at all. One or preferably two connections at the work level is advised.
> Do not rush. Test your connection with both hands on the tower before
> transferring your life from your hands to your connection. IMO a lot of
> hams are out of shape. If you are going to climb then you better be in
> good physical shape or forget it.
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Roswell Tower Accident
> ------------ REPLY FOLLOWS ------------
> I know you are right, but I have seen tower climbing professionals who
> climb a tower with no safety line connected at all, and only hook up
> when they are in place ready to work.
> If the professionals are so lacking in concern, what hope is there for
> us amateurs? I guess after you climb a few hundred towers with no
> accidents, you become immortal.
> My rule is to always have two connections to the tower: Either my
> safety line plus one hand, or two safety lines. I never trust only one
> safety connection, ever.
> 73, Bill W6WRT
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