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    Smokestack climbers

    Hello,

    How does English call crazy people who are into climbing high smokestacks?

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Hello,

    What do you English speakers call crazy people who are into climbing high smokestacks?

    Thanks a lot.
    Smokestack climbers.

    You're welcome.
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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    People who climb structures like that professionally (to perform maintenance, for example) are called steeplejacks. There's probably a name for daredevils who do it for fun, but I don't know what it might be.
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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    Yes, there is — and somebody will tell us soon, I'm sure. I can't remember it.

    ​Have you read 'The Nervous Steeplejack' by Alf Hall?

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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    I Googled it before I answered. "Smokestack climber" was the only term I found. Love to know if there's another name for it.

    Steeplejacks aren't recreational climbers. Smokestack climbers do it fun or publicity - Greenpeace theater, for instance. When I moved here (Augusta, Maine, USA) fifteen years ago, there was a smokestack with "No LNG" painted near the top. The owner solved it by tearing down the smokestack.

    Clearly the work of a mad (or at least angry) smokestack climber.

    Google it and check it out.
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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    I don't think we have a specific word in BrE for protestors who climb tall structures in order to hang banners, paint slogans or simply to hang out at the top to get some publicity.

    There are people who climb very tall structures merely as a challenge (usually illegally). I think they are referred to sometimes as "extreme climbers". The people who climb very tall structures and then jump off, using a parachute to save them from a splatty end (by the way, I made up "splatty") are called "BASE jumpers". The acronym "BASE" comes from the first letter of "building, antenna, span and earth". "Span" means "bridge" and "earth" is apparently used to denote a cliff. Those are the four types of structure that BASE jumpers jump off. Quite a lot of them die - according to Wikipedia there is one fatality for every 60 jumps.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think we have a specific word in BrE for protestors who climb tall structures in order to hang banners, paint slogans or simply to hang out at the top to get some publicity.

    There are people who climb very tall structures merely as a challenge (usually illegally). I think they are referred to sometimes as "extreme climbers". The people who climb very tall structures and then jump off, using a parachute to save them from a splatty end (by the way, I made up "splatty") are called "BASE jumpers". The acronym "BASE" comes from the first letter of "building, antenna, span and earth". "Span" means "bridge" and "earth" is apparently used to denote a cliff. Those are the four types of structure that BASE jumpers jump off. Quite a lot of them die - according to Wikipedia there is one fatality for every 60 jumps.
    Good explanation. Thanks! Remind me to only jump 59 times!
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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    First read 'The Perils of BASE Jumping' by Faye Tality.

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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Remind me to only jump 59 times!
    I'll do the last one for you.

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    Re: Smokestack climbers

    You're in luck. Faye Tality beat you to it!
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