WPC: Careful

“…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:

  1. Q: Did you go up on the cables and the tops of the towers?
    A: Yes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:


  31 comments for “WPC: Careful

  1. October 24, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    I love all your photos of GGB. It’s what attracted me to your blog and you never disappoint.

    • October 24, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      Thanks, Joyce. I like being able to share the unique views that I had at work.

  2. October 24, 2015 at 3:23 AM

    Yikes! A most unique perspective. Clambering to the top of this thing? I get cold feet just thinking about it!

    • October 24, 2015 at 7:23 AM

      With your chest heaving, heart pounding, blood flowing—trust me, your feet won’t be cold up there.

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