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Photographer Makhorov climbs up Shanghai Tower - I got vertigo just watching this

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650 meters. Obviously, I have a fear of heights.

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I don't fear heights, I fear falling.  It's not even the fall that's so bad, it's that damn stop at the bottom!

Crazy.  Assuming you could get me up there, someone would have to cut off my hands to get me down!

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I used to climb dragline and shovel booms to repair them. Often had to climb pipes that were covered with grease and with the handrails torn off from falling point sheaves.

Funny thing was that I was never afraid during the job (probably because it took too much focus to avoid falling) but after the really dangerous shifts I always thought about falling when I laid down in bed to try to sleep.

The worst was when we had to walk the stick on a power shovel, which was basically a 12' diameter horizontal pipe about 100' long covered with grease. Had to make sure that every step was on the dead center of the pipe. Any step off center would have meant a quick trip to the ground.

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