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Millhouse 03-08-2010 04:18

Blackpool Tower (Scaffolding) - 02/08/10
 
After spotting scaffolding on Blackpool Tower, myself and DocP agreed it had to be climbed. We gathered up the balls to do it, and up we went.

Ok it's not the full job to the top, but we went as high as we could with the ladders etc. We got up to the top floor of proper scaffolding (where the red lights are above the tarpaulin), and then proceeded to climb the ladders inside the south-west leg of the tower. I think we climbed four ladders before the next one was blocked off with tied on tarpaulin, and it didn't seem safe to try and work around it. so we went round towards the north side and climbed another short ladder onto a small platform which was the highest point we reached. I've marked on the picture below where I think we reached, assuming that every ladder's platform we climbed inside the leg is on level with the horizontal struts. (Please correct me if I'm wrong). I'm going to go back maybe this weekend with my binoculars and try to work out properly where we got to in the daylight.

Anyway excellent explore, absolutely awesome up there :)

This is where I think we got to
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a..._2344arrow.jpg

At the top of the main scaffolding strucure
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2317.jpg

You can see the first ladder we climbed inside the strut
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2319.jpg

From our highest point
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2323.jpg

http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2326.jpg

North Pier
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2328.jpg

Looking down - the white lights are the scaffolding structure around the tower
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2330.jpg

Looking South
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2332.jpg

Looking up - sorry blind shot :blush
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2333.jpg

From the 2nd ladder platform inside the leg strut, on our descent
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2334.jpg

And again
http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2338.jpg

http://i931.photobucket.com/albums/a...0/IMG_2344.jpg

Thanks for looking

rigy 03-08-2010 07:25

Excellent work lads, not a chance you would find me up there!

Reddood 03-08-2010 08:27

well done! i'm another one who you wouldnt find up there, balls to climbing an old rusty, sea water battered pile of iron.

tristanjay 03-08-2010 08:57

Lovely stuff chaps and well done. They made such a fuss over SL and scott doing it I thought they might have made an effort to stop it happeneing again - glad theyre on the ball as ever :D :thumbs

Gibbo 03-08-2010 09:03

Fantastic work lads, very well done! I eagerly await your Rock Radio interview!

sallybear 03-08-2010 09:39

Ha ha brilliant, views are amazing way more balls than I will ever have!!

tristanjay 03-08-2010 10:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by sallybear (Post 126093)
Ha ha brilliant, views are amazing way more balls than I will ever have!!

Gibbo will be pleased to hear that :p :D

Gone 03-08-2010 11:02

Sickk, Well done :)

Lazlo 03-08-2010 11:15

Well in!! :D Lovely pictures!

boboil 03-08-2010 11:37

Superb lads, takes a big pair of gonads to take on the tower:thumbs

Millhouse 03-08-2010 11:55

Cheers for all the comments :thumbs

Got to say we were surprised at the lack of security aswell!

andym 03-08-2010 12:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by Millhouse (Post 126109)
Got to say we were surprised at the lack of security aswell!

That's because most people take the lift up the middle;)

Seriously though, good work guys, not something I'd even consider!

Jim Gillette 03-08-2010 12:59

Awesome!

DocP 03-08-2010 14:43

Needless to say It got a bit scary when it started getting windy, but It's gotta be the best explore I've ever done!

buddah 03-08-2010 18:49

quality :thumbs the wind must of been horrendous

Earth Worm Jim 03-08-2010 19:08

^^^ What they said. ^^^ :thumbs

Morrisey 03-08-2010 21:42

Towertastic, just hope you didn't use 'washing line' to help you climb it:p.

Edus1 04-08-2010 21:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by Morrisey (Post 126145)
Towertastic, just hope you didn't use 'washing line' to help you climb it:p.


:D:D:D:D

good work guys :)

Userscott 05-08-2010 05:11

Haha! Well done lads, truly. I understand wholeheartedly how er.. unusual this one is. :)

Millhouse 05-08-2010 09:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by Morrisey (Post 126145)
Towertastic, just hope you didn't use 'washing line' to help you climb it:p.

:D Ah but we had proper washing pegs to attach ourselves to it :p


Quote:

Originally Posted by battledroid (Post 126242)
I understand wholeheartedly how er.. unusual this one is. :)

Was a bit strange! a but surreal at first thinking 'hang on a minute i'm halfway up blackpool tower, on the outside :s' :D

ReubyRed 05-08-2010 11:59

yes! well done on this one lads.. gotta go do this sometime!

DocP 06-08-2010 02:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by ReubyRed (Post 126260)
yes! well done on this one lads.. gotta go do this sometime!

if ya need a guide hit us up, i'd love to do it again!!

sneak 08-08-2010 14:20

Hahahahaha mint!!! Was up blackpool other weekend and was wellllll contemplating this. Think its definatly in the cards now......

ReubyRed 09-08-2010 15:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by DocP (Post 126308)
if ya need a guide hit us up, i'd love to do it again!!

sounds good man! :thumbs

Pr1vate Piles 10-08-2010 15:19

great stuff some lovely pictures


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