“…show us careful — a photo taken with care, a person being careful, or a task or detail requiring care.” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge
Walking the Main Cable of the Golden Gate Bridge takes the concept of careful to a new level. In addition to watching every step, you must be aware of the tools and material that you bring with you to work on the structure. An 8 oz. screwdriver is a deadly projectile if it is dropped from several hundred feet above the pedestrian sidewalk.
I took this photo one morning when we went up the West Cable to replace burned out lamps in a couple of Cable Outline fixtures.
When people find out that I worked on the Golden Gate Bridge they always have the same three questions:
- Q: Did you go up on the cables and the tops of the towers?
- Q: Do you have to wear special shoes to walk on the cables?
A: No. You need well-fitted shoes with soles in good condition.
- Q: Aren’t you afraid of falling?
A: No. I am afraid of what happens when I stop falling.
Here is what walking on the cable looks like in real time: