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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 3:37 AM
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It isn't just about the news story or the video. Its about the whole activity in general. Of course it's dangerous. Anybody who disputes that is far more of an idiot than we all thought... Many stunts involve a great deal of planning and have safety as #1, and still things go wrong...
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 3:59 AM
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Well in any case that W5 piece should be a wake-up call to all building managers and condo associations to properly secure their premises. Double deadbolt your roof doors, install door position sensors or at the very least install screamers so that your building and management are not put at risk by the actions of these foolish, irresponsible people
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:17 AM
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Well in any case that W5 piece should be a wake-up call to all building managers and condo associations to properly secure their premises. Double deadbolt your roof doors, install door position sensors or at the very least install screamers so that your building and management are not put at risk by the actions of these foolish, irresponsible people
Yup, and if people want to get these pictures then go through the proper channels, apply for the proper permits, have all safety measures in place. Nothing wrong with getting the pictures but just do it properly and safely.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:27 AM
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or make friends with one of your fellow SSP'ers who is also a manager of a high rise building who will gladly escort you up to take some pictures safely
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:28 AM
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I get to take pictures while doing my job, nice perk of servicing RTU's.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:39 AM
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^. That's the best advice for someone who likes being on top of tall buildings. Get a job in the in the industry. Then stuff like this is a day-to-day activity:





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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:48 AM
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ive certanly been up to some high spots from my job but also sneaking around places maybe i shouldnt be such as crane rails inside a insinirator with pigeons dive bombing me.....





so i can photograph this..



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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:56 AM
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^. Cool photos!

I've been dive bombed by falcons on rooftops in Edmonton. Those birds are territorial and do not like people around. Those suckers will claw your eyes out.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 5:12 AM
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i got scars from a falcon attack actualy that happened on an abandoned bridge was wanting to get some gritty film b&w shots never got my shots...
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2017, 8:53 AM
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I am a hypocrite, because I enjoy the pics posted from those vantage points, but I also believe these people should somehow be prevented from doing what they do. The risk is far too great.

I feel pretty much the same way.

I've known people who do this and they get some amazing pics. It's not for me in any way, shape or form though. People will always take risks though, and rooftopping is just another example of that.
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I've been going up to rooftops for years, and of the two photos I took that relate to this topic, one ended up being my most-viewed picture on Flickr. I can see why people do it (it's such a "high" finding your way up to a rooftop, and capturing rare angles of the city), but these guys that jump from ledges on to AC units or whatever makes my stomach turn, and they cause a great risk to people below.
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"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." - Helen Keller
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:19 AM
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An analogous saying would be, "Being born is bad for your health.", or, "The instant you're born you start dying."
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"The instant you're born you start dying."
Well not really, I'd say once puberty has happened you start dying.
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2017, 1:04 AM
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I do it all the time here - a whole two, sometimes THREE floors high.

Old Shots by R C, on Flickr

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Old Shots by R C, on Flickr

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STJs Summer 2014 by R C, on Flickr

Sorry. But, it's technically true.
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I do that as well, I get opportunities to go on my own rooftops (usually against my will, as it always means there's a problem of some sort). Sometimes I like to take pictures.

This past fall I was on a roof steep enough to require a harness and I had to have every tool attached to me as well, because anything I'd place on the roof would start to accelerate towards the sidewalk on Sherbrooke's main artery 4 stories below. Nice view though
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2017, 3:31 AM
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Here, this was taken by me:

(Already high enough to die if I'd been dumb enough to fall...)

P.S. It's eastern Sherbrooke taken from the upper part of downtown.

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Fixed it, but I hate photobucket!

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Old Posted Feb 7, 2017, 9:23 AM
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Do whatever you want, but if you do it without proper care and attention, and expertise, you are stupid. If you do it and harm others because of your stupidity, you are criminal. If you fall on my head, I'll kill you if you haven't killed us both. If you fall harnessed in, you will go home that same night.

Speaking of dying; someone will die from one of these stunts, and probably a few more, and the thoughts about this activity will shift. Once one of these guys gets to watch his friend fall 150m, and then deal with the aftermath, he will realize that his mind had become corrupted by the emotive states danger fosters, and that his buddy dying young, no future, no kids, no partner, no million other experiences, will clearly show that it was not worth it.

Unlike rock climbing, mountain climbing, backcountry-whatever, slack lining . . . thing done in the wilderness, this activity, on private structures is by definition renegade. I can accept a bit of renegade - base jumpers, tower scalers, tight rope walkers; but you had better really know what your doing, and not using modern safety tackle is 99.99% really stupid. Its like free climbing, except that this is done by super experienced, super talented athletes - and by very very few of them.
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