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(Sly Oyster)   No big deal, just a photo of some guy standing atop the Burj Khalifa looking alllll the waaaay down   (slyoyster.com) divider line 187
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2013-03-22 12:58:44 PM

awalkingecho: I wish I'd gotten this in before the tower climbers video because that one's a tough act to follow, but this one is both crazy and beautiful for those who haven't seen it.

Climb-y Goodness


I emailed Daniel Ahnen several years ago to ask him how he shot the El Camino Del Ray footage.  He had a small Sony Handicam on a Stedicam, which means he only had one hand free to hold on to and no safety harness.  Found out just recently he fell to his death in May of 2011.

I've know a couple of the tower guys.  They usually can't get insurance due to what they do.
 
2013-03-22 01:06:46 PM

Odd Bird: Treygreen13: MadMonk: Looking at that Tom Cruise picture, I'd say it's pretty easy to get access to that point considering the graffiti that's written on the side.

Considering the direction that graffiti is written, it's likely that the graffiti was done when that part was on the ground, laying on its side.

IIRC, that graffiti is from workers who were up there, uh, working.

Anastacya: Odd Bird:  ...helicopter...
I still think that he is nuts, but I will have to give him some props for that. No way in hell would I do that.

/nauseous just thinking about it.

I wasn't down-playing the act, the helicopter comment was a troll deterrent.


Never thought that you were. My comment about his craziness is unrelated; probably should've clarified that ;P
 
2013-03-22 01:07:22 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I would fall off.  I would not be able to control my nerves, would lose my balance, have vertigo, puke, piss and tumble to my death.

Unless I landed in that big pool.  Then I'd be all right.

The tower climbers video makes my balls hurt.  And not in a good way.


This
 
2013-03-22 01:08:06 PM

jaylectricity: He probably has something to hold on to.


If he did it legally he's strapped in six ways to christmas.
If he just did it on a whim, who can tell?

If you're changing a light bulb on a scissors lift you need to be should be better be strapped in.
When I would video tape the building implosions they wouldn't start the lift until everyone was strapped.
something something wrongful death something
 
2013-03-22 01:08:23 PM

awalkingecho: scottydoesntknow: Fark that mess.

And in case anyone's never seen it: Tower climbers working 1,700+ feet up

Bonus point if you can make it through the whole thing without your hands starting to sweat

Oh man I'm getting vertigo sitting in my bed.


And this
 
2013-03-22 01:08:50 PM

Jubeebee: moops: NOPE.

NOPE.


Hell nope
 
2013-03-22 01:09:01 PM

Amusement: Wonder if they turned off the WiFi and cell transmitters on the tower?

/cancer


No. No. No. NO. NO.

Microwave radiation CANNOT cause cancer by transmission like that. It simply lacks the energy to ionize bonds to cause DNA damage. Physics doesn't work that way.

Now, cooking you alive, on the other hand... That is well within the realm of possibility.
 
2013-03-22 01:10:18 PM
 
2013-03-22 01:10:48 PM

scottydoesntknow: Fark that mess.

And in case anyone's never seen it: Tower climbers working 1,700+ feet up

Bonus point if you can make it through the whole thing without your hands starting to sweat


My hands didn't sweat but my balls went into hiding and my feet got heavy and my calves started to tingle.

i might need to calm down by watching truck accident compilations or that spiders flying thru the air video or something.

now where is a freeking xanax when i need one.
 
2013-03-22 01:11:31 PM

URAPNIS: I'm pretty sure the impact with the water would still kill you at that height.

Nope. I'm pretty sure that terminal velocity is low enough to survive. You just have to fall spread eagle.

Ha ha. You would be traveling ~124 MPH when you hit the water, at which point you would be transformed into a splash of grease and bone fragments.

Nah. Feet first, toes pointed. I probably shouldn't say this, but I learned how to jump out of a whirly-bird @ 2500 feet using this method back when I was in SEAL team 7. I think it's been declassified by now.


No - you just have to drop a hammer in the water just before you hit, then you're golden.
 
2013-03-22 01:11:57 PM
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2013-03-22 01:13:30 PM

Biological Ali: JacksonBryan: Biological Ali: jaylectricity: He probably has something to hold on to.

This.

Looking at the picture I can see part of a lanyard so I imagine he's wearing a harness.  Although I don't think I'd want to be dangling that high off from a 6ft section of nylon...

In terms of pure proximity to danger, it probably wouldn't be much more perilous than driving or even walking beside a busy road (in the sense that you're often only a few feet or meters away from what would be a lethal impact). The only thing different about standing at a great height is that your visual assessment of the danger is quicker and more intuitive.


What are the wind gusts like at the top of the Burj compared to ground level? I think that would be the most terrifying thing about it. One bad gust and you go flying right off.
 
2013-03-22 01:14:40 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: he probably figured Xenu would save him or some shiat


Xenu wouldn't let him down.

/glasses.jpg
 
2013-03-22 01:15:21 PM

midigod: URAPNIS: I'm pretty sure the impact with the water would still kill you at that height.

Nope. I'm pretty sure that terminal velocity is low enough to survive. You just have to fall spread eagle.

Ha ha. You would be traveling ~124 MPH when you hit the water, at which point you would be transformed into a splash of grease and bone fragments.

Nah. Feet first, toes pointed. I probably shouldn't say this, but I learned how to jump out of a whirly-bird @ 2500 feet using this method back when I was in SEAL team 7. I think it's been declassified by now.

No - you just have to drop a hammer in the water just before you hit, then you're golden.



A pro fires a grenade at the water before he hits. That way the water's all aerated and loose and shiat.
I learned that in the core.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-22 01:16:11 PM
Much like any risk, dealing with heights is something you can learn.  I used to do installation work for a tech company and that included climbing water towers and the like because we often had to get the technology in those kinds of places.  I've never been "scared of heights" but when you go somewhere you've never been, and especially when there is the potential for catastrophic failure, your physiology is going to respond whether you think you can control or not.  I will say that it's pretty damn exhilarating once you learn to handle your nerves.  Tallest things I've climbed would be to the top of the Talmadge (470ft) and Lanier (480ft) bridges in southeast GA.  Certainly nothing compared to this guy's accomplishments, but you're still pretty exposed at the top and the view is incredible.
 
2013-03-22 01:16:21 PM
My guts clenched just looking at that.

I didn't think I had a real problem with heights until I zip-lined for the first time.  The lines started out pretty short and slow and got progressively faster and higher.  The zip-lining itself I had no problem with - it was walking across the rickety bridges over a canyon that got to me.  When I wanted to get down and belly crawl across I knew it was time for me to stop for the day.
 
2013-03-22 01:21:53 PM

scottydoesntknow: What are the wind gusts like at the top of the Burj compared to ground level? I think that would be the most terrifying thing about it. One bad gust and you go flying right off.


You'd presumably be safely harnessed well before the wind would be a concern, and you'd also start off with at least a general idea of what the wind's going to be like on that day. There may not be much wind at ground level, but you do have to deal with humans, whose movements (both in vehicles and on foot) can be far more random and unpredictable.
 
2013-03-22 01:22:40 PM

scottydoesntknow: Fark that mess.

And in case anyone's never seen it: Tower climbers working 1,700+ feet up

Bonus point if you can make it through the whole thing without your hands starting to sweat


Oddly, I feel safe when jumping from an airplane, but have panic attacks when on tall buildings even if cabled in. No way in hell you'll ever get me to do what the guy in the video (or even TFA pic) is doing. No farking way.

Maybe it's because while skydiving you're having too much fun to really think about the insanity of what you're doing. When climbing a tower like that you have all the time in the world to look down and sh*t your pants. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't really take unusually large and galvanized balls to skydive. But the dude in your video? Jesus Christ...
 
2013-03-22 01:24:04 PM
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

That's now the record-holder for "thing I cannot look at, lest nausea and terror-sweat consume my being" (the old record-holder was THAT scene from Assassin's Creed 3. You know the one I mean).

// so scared of heights, I want to be 2" shorter
 
2013-03-22 01:25:40 PM

AngryJailhouseFistfark: I am remind of parachute school. I was more spooked looking over the edge of the 10 meter tower in training than I was looking out the door of the jump plane. I could imagine falling from a 3-story building and busting myself up. But looking at the ground 4,000 feet below me looked like a photo of a landscape, and it was all so surreal that it never really registered. I think it's one of those primitive brain things where it cannot conceive of stuff that ancient Homo sapiens never encountered in his evolution.


THIS this this.

My friends had mentioned that when they went out the side of the jump plane, they tumbled a single rotation (normal for tandem jumps) but had no memory of the tumble.  Something in their brain just cut out recording for that first second or two.  One instant they're in the door, next thing they remember they're spreadeagle and falling, with no memory of the transition.

I go up my first time, telling myself "You know to expect this, you WILL remember the tumble."

One instant I'm in the door, next thing I remember I'm spreadeagle and falling.  No goddamn clue what happened in between.
 
2013-03-22 01:27:30 PM
My testicles are probably at least the same size as his, but after seeing that photo, they are currently nestled up under my stomach.
 
2013-03-22 01:27:32 PM

scottydoesntknow: Fark that mess.

And in case anyone's never seen it: Tower climbers working 1,700+ feet up

Bonus point if you can make it through the whole thing without your hands starting to sweat


"His toolbag is being held by his climbing partner to keep it from throwing him off balance."

His ginormous, brazen balls are completely up to him, though.
 
2013-03-22 01:29:56 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Heh.  So many acrophobic comments confirm that Farkers prefer to live their parents' basements.



Pretty sure you are confusing acro- with agora-.
 
2013-03-22 01:35:52 PM

scottydoesntknow: Fark that mess.

And in case anyone's never seen it: Tower climbers working 1,700+ feet up

Bonus point if you can make it through the whole thing without your hands starting to sweat


Wow - all with little use of their safety clips.  Damn.
 
2013-03-22 01:37:33 PM
"Do a flip!!"

Bender B. Rodriguz
 
2013-03-22 01:38:00 PM

tomo12144: He should have peed off the side of it.  So it could be the Wizz Khalifa.


He'd probably get life in prison over there for doing that.
 
2013-03-22 01:38:37 PM

red5ish: URAPNIS: Pichu0102: AdolfOliverPanties: I would fall off.  I would not be able to control my nerves, would lose my balance, have vertigo, puke, piss and tumble to my death.

Unless I landed in that big pool.  Then I'd be all right.

The tower climbers video makes my balls hurt.  And not in a good way.

I'm pretty sure the impact with the water would still kill you at that height.

Nope. I'm pretty sure that terminal velocity is low enough to survive. You just have to fall spread eagle.

Ha ha. You would be traveling ~124 MPH when you hit the water, at which point you would be transformed into a splash of grease and bone fragments.


what would be the terminal velocity?
 
2013-03-22 01:41:59 PM

Marcintosh: jaylectricity: He probably has something to hold on to.

If he did it legally he's strapped in six ways to christmas.
If he just did it on a whim, who can tell?

If you're changing a light bulb on a scissors lift you need to be should be better be strapped in.
When I would video tape the building implosions they wouldn't start the lift until everyone was strapped.
something something wrongful death something


No, you don't need to be tied off in a scissor lift. OSHA's official answer.

You can tie off if you are a wimp, but I don't know what tying off would do for you. It won't make you any safer.

Of course, if the lift's owner says tie off, then I guess you gotta.
 
2013-03-22 01:48:04 PM
The closest thing to this I've experienced are traverses on a few peaks in Montana, with this one being the most exposed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cy4E9Et8jg

The video clip is from near the left-hand end of the red line showing the traverse:

images.summitpost.org

Not nearly as exposed as the towers shown in the thread, but with really crappy rotted Glacier limestone to walk on and a few bone-crushing impacts awaiting you before you take the big drop if you slip. Most of this trail is reasonable solid, but a few points definitely make your gut tingle, especially if you're facing outward as you descend.
 
2013-03-22 01:50:57 PM

Lando Lincoln: scottydoesntknow: Fark that mess.

And in case anyone's never seen it: Tower climbers working 1,700+ feet up

Bonus point if you can make it through the whole thing without your hands starting to sweat

I'm not afraid of heights, but even that video made my palms sweat a little.

Standing on top of great heights - not a big deal.

Climbing things to great heights - way different.


I'm going to go with "Climbing down things of great height" FTW here.
 
2013-03-22 01:52:50 PM
That particular picture does nothing to me because there's no frame of reference. He could be standing 24 inches off the ground and those are just architectural-quality models constructed to represent buildings.

The guys playing tennis, now that was a little quease-inducing. Out means out.
 
2013-03-22 01:55:02 PM

JohnCarter: But do they nap

[depletedcranium.com image 500x309]

or snack??

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I'm not saying these are shopped, but they are basically at an angle that makes something that was moderately crazy look insanely crazy.

c1.dmlimg.com

Bonus is that they were staged promotional photos. Those guys didn't do it for fun- they did it because their employer told them to.

Also just because I'm a downer and a jerk I hope everyone notices how there are no African or Asian Americans in the photo- because they weren't allowed to work on skyscrapers.

/YES it is still a good example of people doing crazy things at high elevations.
 
2013-03-22 01:55:19 PM
That photo actually makes my legs hurt.
 
kab
2013-03-22 01:55:53 PM

Treygreen13: [i291.photobucket.com image 200x123]
I get nervous standing on my chair.


You too?

I've come to the conclusion that heights don't bother me at all when my own physical movements aren't involved (or if it's over deep water).   Ski lifts, rollercoasters, airplanes, fine.   Ask me to climb that ladder up to the second story roof though, and I'll tell you to fark off unless it's a life or death situation :).
 
2013-03-22 01:56:17 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-03-22 02:02:33 PM

spidermilk: Also just because I'm a downer and a jerk I hope everyone notices how there are no African or Asian Americans in the photo- because they weren't allowed to work on skyscrapers.


There are almost no white folks in those photos either. High Steel documentary.
 
2013-03-22 02:04:09 PM
Bonus point if you can make it through the whole thing without your hands starting to sweat

My Dear Sweet Jesus
 
2013-03-22 02:04:36 PM

Diener: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x387]


Wait, there was a drop in that video?! I never noticed it before...
 
2013-03-22 02:04:41 PM
As one with a fear of heights I'm getting a panic attack reading this.  I'm outta here.
 
2013-03-22 02:08:58 PM

Combustion: I was thinking that his stream of urine would end before the start of it even hit the ground. No idea why I thought of that. Just one long stream of urine in the air.


I haven't been to that part of the world... but if it's as dry as central New Mexico (and it probably is), I'd wager a shiny nickel that the urine would evaporate before it got more than halfway down.
 
2013-03-22 02:09:45 PM
YES.

Yes yes yes yes YESYESYESYESYESYES OH MY farkING GOD YYYEEEESSS!!!

.....So I like heights. Then again, everyone who knows me thinks I'm the craziest biatch they've ever seen.
 
2013-03-22 02:19:28 PM

dababler: Jubeebee: moops: NOPE.

NOPE.

Am I strapped to the building for safety, wind protection? No? NOPE. Yes? STILL NOPE!


i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-22 02:24:42 PM
Next time all y'all are hunting around Netflix looking for something to stream to kill an evening, I recommend Man on Wire.  Short and well-done.

Even better if you queue it up before calling your SO into the room, so that he/she doesn't know what it's about during the opening sequence.  (The cover art used on Netflix gives it away.)
 
2013-03-22 02:28:33 PM

Diener:


That video is deliciously terrifying and terribly arousing at the same time. Thank you for reminding me of it.
 
2013-03-22 02:34:31 PM

Diener: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x387]


Darwin seen shaking his head and muttering, "What a shame, what a shame..."
 
2013-03-22 02:38:44 PM
While this is impressive and does take HUGE cojones, does it really matter once you get passed a certain number of stories/feet?  Dead is dead, whether its from 100 feet or 1,500 feet.

/unless we're talking the splatter zone.  Then I suppose it matters.
 
2013-03-22 02:42:08 PM

Uisce Beatha: And the guy who made that one?  Fell to his death in May 2011.  Ya rly.


Got a cite for that? Not doubting, would like to learn a bit more about him.
 
2013-03-22 02:44:59 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I would fall off.  I would not be able to control my nerves, would lose my balance, have vertigo, puke, piss and tumble to my death.

Unless I landed in that big pool.  Then I'd be all right.

The tower climbers video makes my balls hurt.  And not in a good way.


They make MY balls hurt, and I don't even have any. The worst video ever is a short clip of a radio tower collapsing and the three workers falling 1500 feet to their deaths. Because AAAAAAAHHHHHH....oh, wait, I haven't even reached the ground yet....AAAAAAHHHHHHH.
 
2013-03-22 02:50:31 PM

pute kisses like a man: they say the fear of heights is not the fear of falling, it's the fear that you might jump.


For me, yes. I have long had a problem with heights, because I have this fear that my body--without any input from the higher-thinking portions of my brain--will give one massive twitch and fling itself off of whatever tall structure it's occupying at the time.

And thus, I echo the refrain of NOPE.
 
2013-03-22 02:56:26 PM

orbister: Uisce Beatha: And the guy who made that one?  Fell to his death in May 2011.  Ya rly.

Got a cite for that? Not doubting, would like to learn a bit more about him.


Sure do  (end of the post on the second one)
 
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