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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > R.L. Hearn Thermal Generating Station > Hearn Stack: Conquered!

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Mon, Sep 6th, 2004
posted by Avatar-X
Hearn Stack: Conquered!

Recently, Conundrum, Roadwolf, and I, with the generous backup support of Exka and Caes, conquered a landmark in Toronto that I've been wanting to infiltrate since I first saw it.

The stack, or chimney, at the R.L. Hearn Thermal Generating Station, is one of the highest chimney's in all of Canada. Here is a diagram of how the stack compares to the highest objects in Toronto (it's number 6):



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It stands 706 feet in the air. To reach the top, you must climb 36 individual ladders, each about 20 feet high. Every 100 feet or so, there is a ringed catwalk which extends around the inner smoke tube. In this photo, you can see the first 8 ladders and the 150 foot catwalk level.



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After much hard climbing, Conundrum and I reached the top:



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The view was excellent, but excessive fog prevented us from getting good photos:



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We left a small gift for future visitors to enjoy:



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We climbed back down shortly afterwards. It was an incredible trip, and the furthest I've ever climbed up a ladder.

Now, enjoy the videos! (DivX 5 Required)

www.avbrand.com/personal/hearnstack1.avi
www.avbrand.com/personal/hearnstack2.avi


- posted by Avatar-X

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