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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Has anybody climbed a crane? (Viewed 1514 times)
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Has anybody climbed a crane?
< on 2/12/2013 5:14 PM >
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There's one right by me, and I haven't scoped it out yet. Are these generally easy to climb? Also was wondering if these kind of sites usually have high security or not

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 1 on 2/12/2013 5:44 PM >
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Yes. I'm on limited internet, but try a site search for crane climbers. Here's the short version:

Most cranes in the US are fairly poorly watched. However, they're MUCH rarer than in Europe counterparts (A city the size of Boulder would have several dozen cranes, a city the size of Broomfield would have ten). You will want to watch for the obvious things: Pedestrian traffic, occupied windows nearby, and on-site security.

There are the normal trespass criminal penalties for crane-climbing, and often rather staggering civil liabilities (Big money charges, not big prison charges). It's also difficult to flee down a crane into the arms of whoever saw you, and still make it away clean. The caged ladders are reasonably safe though, although annoying for large camera bags. Stay on the catwalks once you're up there.

Climb considerations: The above, and clear nights. Clouds backlight you, making it obvious that something extra is on the crane. I like to climb them quite late, and certainly at night (Unless you can pull off the construction worker look).

In winter the metal ladder is cold. If the hatch to the top is locked, you can always climb around if your balls somehow still fit up the ladder. Do it, be cautious, back out if your gut says to.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 2 on 2/12/2013 7:09 PM >
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you mean one of these?
Jibby! by ZensLens, on Flickr

There is almost always security, but it's usually 1 guy, sleeping and once you're in the building you're pretty safe until you have to leave again. Climbing is generally easy as long as you don't mind heights.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 3 on 2/12/2013 8:18 PM >
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Wow, great photo btw. Seems intense...

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 4 on 2/12/2013 9:59 PM >
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Is that a camera on the right?

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 5 on 2/12/2013 11:38 PM >
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Posted by arntzville
Is that a camera on the right?


oh wow haha, I think it is

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 6 on 2/13/2013 3:59 AM >
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I've climbed two cranes. Both had zero security. Both were relatively easy to get into. The climb is just many sets of ladders, pretty safe as long as you don't try anything stupid. Follow your common sense.
Be still when traffic is passing near, and scope out the area before you go up.


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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 7 on 2/13/2013 4:14 AM >
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Well in answer to your question, "Has anybody climbed a crane?"

Yes, someone climbs a crane. Every day, in fact. The operator. I tell myself that when I'm eight stories up hugging the ladder and trying to will away my fear of heights.

And if we're sharing pics of ourselves climbing cranes, and also warning against daytime craning,




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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 8 on 2/13/2013 2:54 PM >
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nobody climbs cranes. thats just stoopid :p



The advice listed so far is pretty accurate. safest in the evening on a moonless night with no clouds. your chances of encountering security are lowest after midnight and it's usually best to go alone, or with a very small group. hopefully you dont get caught ON the crane (presumably biggg trouble), but if you're caught inside the building, play the curious photographer card. say you wanted to get photos from the roof or a balcony. Most importantly - be safe and watch your footing. The caged / fenced areas of a crane are quite safe, but step outside of them and all bets are off. The jibs are notorious for being slathered in grease and it's tough to see at night, especially on blue or red cranes. Take a slip, and you're probably going to die. play it safe and have fun.
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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 9 on 2/13/2013 6:18 PM >
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Posted by terapr0
nobody climbs cranes. thats just stoopid :p

http://www.tohella...sized-LDM_7780.jpg

The advice listed so far is pretty accurate. safest in the evening on a moonless night with no clouds. your chances of encountering security are lowest after midnight and it's usually best to go alone, or with a very small group. hopefully you dont get caught ON the crane (presumably biggg trouble), but if you're caught inside the building, play the curious photographer card. say you wanted to get photos from the roof or a balcony. Most importantly - be safe and watch your footing. The caged / fenced areas of a crane are quite safe, but step outside of them and all bets are off. The jibs are notorious for being slathered in grease and it's tough to see at night, especially on blue or red cranes. Take a slip, and you're probably going to die. play it safe and have fun.



Holy cowww.
You're on the very tip of the arm?!
How did you get out there? I don't see a walkway.
The cranes I've climbed had a little trolley on the side of the arm that would traverse down it, but it required electricity. Was that your method?

Very impressive nonetheless.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 10 on 2/14/2013 9:51 AM >
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Posted by Sir.Law



Holy cowww.
You're on the very tip of the arm?!
How did you get out there? I don't see a walkway.
The cranes I've climbed had a little trolley on the side of the arm that would traverse down it, but it required electricity. Was that your method?

Very impressive nonetheless.


He walked on the side where the safety rope is. Like everybody would.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 11 on 2/14/2013 2:57 PM >
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Posted by SuchundFind


He walked on the side where the safety rope is. Like everybody would.


Oh sorry didn't realize that everybody but me has done that.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 12 on 2/14/2013 4:45 PM >
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Posted by Sir.Law


Oh sorry didn't realize that everybody but me has done that.


Actually I think there may be TWO of us who haven't....

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 13 on 2/14/2013 6:06 PM >
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Yup, walk the edge and hold on tight! Also, yes, that is a camera. It's used though by the operator to see down for loads when he can't see them from his lofty perch.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 14 on 2/14/2013 6:06 PM >
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Yup, walk the edge and hold on tight! Also, yes, that is a camera. It's used though by the operator to see down for loads when he can't see them from his lofty perch.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 15 on 2/14/2013 7:35 PM >
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I don't climb cranes, they climb me.



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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 16 on 2/16/2013 2:29 AM >
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Posted by Therrin
I don't climb cranes, they climb me.

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Whoa you must be tall Therrin.

Everything previous people have said is good advice. If you are determined to do something on a crane that you might not be totally comfortable with then you should think about getting a harness and clipping in, it might make you feel more at ease.

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 17 on 2/17/2013 9:40 AM >
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http://www.thedenv...ter-crane-climbing


^lulz^

Do your research:


Not so lulz:

http://www.denverp...om/news/ci_3285545
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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 18 on 2/18/2013 8:46 AM >
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Posted by -insertnamehere-
http://www.thedenv...ter-crane-climbing


^lulz^

Do your research:


Not so lulz:

http://www.denverp...om/news/ci_3285545


...and that first crane was definitely the exact one I was about to climb. I'm a student at CU Boulder. what the f are the chances

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Re: Has anybody climbed a crane?
<Reply # 19 on 2/18/2013 7:56 PM >
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Idiots just gotta go do dumb things on cranes and ruin it for the rest of us. Who the hell thinks, "yes I want to swing off this crane into a wall." He had to figure he was going to hit.

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