A steel pipe climber

TitleA steel pipe climber
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1944
AuthorsWork, R. A., and Childreth R. W.
Conference Name12th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 12th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedFebruary 1944
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part I:
Conference LocationBerkeley, California
KeywordsEquipment snow survey, Snow survey course maintenance

The painting of steel pipe snow survey course marker posts presents a problem when the pipes are set in concrete and 20 feet tall. An ingenious device is described and shown in detail drawing and photographs. The climber is used by slipping the feet into stirrups, grasping the pipe above the head, pull both feet up. When down pressure is exerted in the stirrups, lugs are pressed against the pipe and another step up can be made. Climb to the top of the pipe, replace the sign marker and start painting down.Discussion by Fred Paget recommends a light weight extension ladder for this purpose. Photographs of this procedure are pictured. Ashton Codd suggests to forget the stripes, and use a brush attached to long extension aluminum rod, and paint the pipe one solid color: like danger orange.