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1500ft Above South Dakota a Light Burned Out…

by DronerJanuary 6, 2015

(VIDEO)It’s Kevin Schmidt’s job to replace the light burned out atop this decommissioned TV tower near Salem, South Dakota and that means he has to climb 1,500 feet up the structure.
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The light warns air traffic of the hazard, which soars suddenly out of the plains. Prairie Aerial captured the process with their multicopter-mounted video gear. What a fantastic shot:

>Click to Watch Kevin’s View Over the Prairies<

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16 Comments
  • January 9, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for sharing…nice editing and music.

  • cook
    January 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    WOW!!! thanks. What is his pay rate for doing this job and how long does it take him from start to finish?? Thanks again

  • ryan
    January 15, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Cook pay range varies from 18-40+ an hour depending on location, experience, and position each climber climbs are a different rate but realistically it takes roughly 2 hrs.

  • ryan
    January 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I stand corrected he had to clip off every 4 ft so it would prob be closer to 2.5-3 hrs for the climb.

  • Trish
    January 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, and he even popped a selfie….Awesome!

  • Marlon
    January 27, 2015 at 7:09 am

    If my choices were work (and climb that tower) or not work at all as long as there is a dumpster out back of McDonalds I’ll be OK. The only way I would climb that would be to build a 1490 foot hill with the tower in the middle. Then I would climb the last 10 feet. There isn’t enough money on earth to get me to climb that.

  • Bruce Fayter
    January 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I would love to have a job like this as long as it kept me busy enough to make a living at it.
    I have always loved heights.

    • Jmfs
      February 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      I love this kind of work. Been in for about 4 yrs now. http://Www.wirelessestimater.com for all levels of work in out industry. Nothing better to get paid awesome money and see Sunrise’s and sunsets that high up. Most pro le never even see a view like that in their life unless they r in a plane……best rush in the world to me… Our balls make ur calls

  • kevan
    January 30, 2015 at 1:35 am

    How do you get into a job like that?. Where do you go to fill out a app. I would climb that, it would be a great job to have.

  • Ed
    January 30, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Thanx for the 100% tie off 24/7 This is one I’ll share easily

  • wade
    January 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    what drone were you using?

  • Zachary Mcdonald
    January 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I thinks the video is awesome. I have climbed 350 ft on a vacuum tower in a refinary in Arkansas,so I have experience in a 100% fall protection policy. There is no other job I could thinkof more in the world I would llike to have as climbing these tall towers I don’thave much experience, but does any body know where or how I could get a job climbing towers?

  • Short Bus
    February 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I work on those in the Houston Texas area. We do all aspects of broadcast maintenance and repairs, including antenna installs, strobe system replacement, paint, etc. I wouldn’t mind getting some drone footage like that while we’re working, lol. @Bruce Fayter, I’ve been doing it for 22 years, and I stay working year round.

  • Jeri M
    February 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Anyone know how long it takes him to climb to the top?

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