What some engineers have to do so we can get good signals from antennas

antenna tower by madmarv00

The scariest video you have ever watched in the name of science [Holy Crap Wtf]
[Via io9]

This video contains no special effects, and no fancy stunts. But it will scare the crap out of you. That’s because you’re watching from a head-mounted camera as an engineer scales an antenna tower over 1,000 feet high.

Created for The Online Engineer site, what this video captures isn’t just a thrill ride – though frankly it is that – you also get to see the different parts of the giant antenna. And learn a little bit about OSHA rules, which apparently say that it’s OK for people to free climb a tiny pole hundreds of feet in the air with a thunderstorm brewing in the distance. Seriously, when I realized the guy wasn’t attached to this pole with anything other than his hands and feet, I almost had a heart attack.

via The Online Engineer


Free climbing to the top of a 1700 foot antenna. With a helmut cam and no safety devices, all while lugging a 30 pound bag up the whole way. It really is golly-wobble inducing. Especially the last 60 feet which ends with him standing on a minuscule little platform reaching for the very top.

The crazy things people do to make a living.