Is this just High Spirits or the Height of Folly? - young man risks his life to climb Poolbeg Tower

Catalpast

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With the advent of social media and the general boredom of young people (esp males)

- living in basically pacific societies with no opportunity to show courage and a disdain for danger

- the craze of climbing very tall manmade sculptures

- and filming themselves doing it has now reached Ireland....

This is from YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvAWAHczOYs

See what you think

- I certainly found it hard to watch!:shock:
 
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With the advent of social media and the general boredom of young people (esp males)

- living is basically pacific societies with no opportunity to show courage and a disdain for danger

- the craze of climbing very tall manmade sculptures

- and filming themselves doing it has now reached Ireland....

This is from YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvAWAHczOYs

See what you think

- I certainly found it hard to watch!:shock:
I have a mortal fear of heights and the urge to jump...
 

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How did he get down?

I actually felt dizzy when he walking around on the top. Don't like heights.
 

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[video=youtube;_ZEEgIti8sM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZEEgIti8sM[/video]
 
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That was cool to watch.

Fair play to him for drawing attention to a site that's been decommissioned for decades and really needs to be remediated and put to better use.

Wouldn't mind easing up on a boat and snagging a few of those barrels at the start of the video (whether they'd be filled with €€€€€€€'s worth of copper and other kit or not would remain to be seen).
 

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impressive, good to see Jedward do something useful for a change
 

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There's an evolutionary reason young men do this kind of thing.
 

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Great courage and composure, fair play to him.

I can't handle heights at all. I get this nauseating feeling in my stomach and this weird urge to jump off. I came a right cropper up the Bundestag dome once. I know I couldn't live in a high rise building, the third floor is my limit.

But fair play to that guy in the video.
 

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Jaysus that gave the willies something awful.
 

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I have no problem with with what he did. The problem is that with our compo culture and lack of personal responsibility these days. Imagine if he had fallen. The family, the lawyers and the courts would all be blaming ESB.
 
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That stuff makes me fill really queasy. I've tried to cure my acrophobia by different means - including parachute jumps. Nothing worked. That climb terrifies me. The descent cannot be easy, either. Stepping backwards onto ladders - eurghh.
 

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I was curious how it was done as there's a physical limit to how high you can climb without resting, I think its about 40ft. They had a problem with the CN tower in Toronto as they left bolts protruding from the concrete and people thought they looked like a ladder, would start to climb, get stuck and have to be rescued, I believe it has something to do with chest muscles.
Regarding the video, maintenance people have to do the climb regularly, not a big deal.
 

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I was curious how it was done as there's a physical limit to how high you can climb without resting, I think its about 40ft. They had a problem with the CN tower in Toronto as they left bolts protruding from the concrete and people thought they looked like a ladder, would start to climb, get stuck and have to be rescued, I believe it has something to do with chest muscles.
Regarding the video, maintenance people have to do the climb regularly, not a big deal.
Its possible to climb far further than 40 Ft!! not sure where you heard the number

Especially when the "climb" is up a ladder

Free climbers have conquered El Capitan
 

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I have no problem with with what he did. The problem is that with our compo culture and lack of personal responsibility these days. Imagine if he had fallen. The family, the lawyers and the courts would all be blaming ESB.
I worked in a chemical plant where the greenies got in, climbed the stack and hung a banner from the top. They called the TV station but they couldn't get close enough for decent pictures. What they didn't know was that the bottom section of ladder was removable and it was removed. They were left stuck on the chimney until quitting time, at which stage they were escorted to the gate and arrested for trespass.:lol:
 

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I have no problem with with what he did. The problem is that with our compo culture and lack of personal responsibility these days. Imagine if he had fallen. The family, the lawyers and the courts would all be blaming ESB.
His family are Danish, not a nation of ambulance chasers for sure
 


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