Yup. I used to do that 50 years ago, but never on a tower that high by itself. The highest tower that I climbed was 384', but it was on top of a 1800' steep sided mountain, so it kind of felt like I was that high anyway.
I think I've responded about my high climbing adventures here before. It was an FM broadcast tower. I also took care of their AM broadcast tower on another mountain, and several water towers. It paid really well for the time, and I was young. Too much wrong with me now, and step ladders is pushing it for me. Above 100' it's all the same except the view. The climbing gear is still hanging in my garage. Why I still have it, I don't know. I wouldn't trust it above 3' now. Back then, I replaced the belt, hooks, and straps every year. We didn't have fall harnesses back then. I just used the two hook method and never unhooked both at the same time. I used to climb power poles with spurs too. They're also still hanging in the garage.
In 1965 I was paid $1/ft and $55 for each half hour beyond the first half hour that I was above the ground. So I could make a normal weeks pay in less than an hour just by changing the two light bulbs on the top of this FM tower.
Central North Carolina
Last edited by CharleyL; 09-19-2017 at 09:09 PM.