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HubbaBubba
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For old timers, like me, have you stopped climbing extension ladders?

I have to, I think. I don't know why, but when I look up, it makes my head swim. I was building a workshop, and multiple times, when I was climbing up to about 14' off the ground, I had to hang onto the ladder until the dizziness went away.

In all other ways, I don't experience this condition. I just tried again to climb an extension ladder and again, looking up as I climbed I got dizzy. Is this a condition that comes with aging?


HoboDickCheese
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Does scaffolding cause the same issue for you?


JimmyMcGoo
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I need to clean out my gutters so bad.


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I nearly fell off a rappelling tower as a teenager when I leaned back off the 2x4. Lucky for me the safety officer caught me by my belt loop as my knot came undone and slid out of my carabiner.

In the last few years I can’t handle ladders for some reason. I’m okay with all other heights. My legs tremble as soon as I get 8 feet off the ground on a ladder. No way do I test myself on the last two steps of a step ladder.

ETA: I’m 31 now and this started in my late 20s.
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ManyTiger
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I stopped a long time ago. But I’m 6’7” & I don’t do well on any ladders. Mine is more of a balance issue.


AthensRattler
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I hate heights, always have. There is nothing around the house involving ladders or the roof that I won't just pay someone to do. Luckily our gutters stay clean without any help.


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I have to, I think. I don't know why, but when I look up, it makes my head swim. I was building a workshop, and multiple times, when I was climbing up to about 14' off the ground, I had to hang onto the ladder until the dizziness went away.

In all other ways, I don't experience this condition. I just tried again to climb an extension ladder and again, looking up as I climbed I got dizzy. Is this a condition that comes with aging?


Can you make a video of this and host it on Rumble for us?


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Capital Cajun
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Depends on the height but I stopped doing a bunch of stuff like that once the first kid came.

I’d rather pay the freight and not end up in a grave or wheelchair


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cajunangelle
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This is an intriguing question. I know people that for 45 years worked in commercial & residential HVAC and just their tool bag weighed enough to sink me.

Yet they would haul things up and down, sometimes rig, always a crane with commercial but now they can't climb a ladder.

It is a mystery.


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I have no desire to climb 14' high.


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MoarKilometers
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Yeah, my old man started being like this around 60. Luckily camera phones became a thing and pointing out irregularities he couldn't see without stepping on a roof became extremely easy. At 74, 8 ft step is the largest ladder he'll scale.

Another poster said something about scaffolding... my dad repainted his 2 story mountain cabin with scaffolding, and was fine. Like this crazy fricker would even use a 6 ft step ladder on scaffold boards to reach the fascia with a brush. I'm extremely perplexed by this phenomena.


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NPComb
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and just their tool bag weighed enough to sink me.
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zeebo
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It is not worth it on any level.


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LurkerTooLong
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I install graphics on building fronts a lot, so I use extension ladders, scissor and boom lifts. If this happened to me I wouldn’t be making the money I do. Hopefully it doesn’t happen to me anytime soon. I’m 40 and I can feel the effects of working already taking the toll on me.


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MBclass83
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I was painting a bedroom with 9' ceiling and fell off ladder. I wasn't very high but it scared me. I landed on the bed. Lolol


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HubbaBubba
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quote:

Does scaffolding cause the same issue for you?
No, just when I'm looking up as I climb.


L1C4
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It's pretty common that when people get older heights become a problem. Maybe it's a balance issue.


LCA131
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No, just when I'm looking up as I climb.


Could be a vestibular issue. Try looking straight through the rungs as you climb. The act of putting your head back maybe?

I'm old and heights still don't bother me at all. I do move a bit more slowly as I'm aware my reflexes are slower, my balance is so-so...

About to do a small thing at the top of a 24' ladder... Just stay in your comfort zone.

Eta. Rungs, not rings.
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dakarx
Member since Sep 2018
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Stopped climbing about 10 years ago...bones and stuff just doesn't heal like it used to and at a fraction of the speed.

mid 50s now, not quite an old timer, but you can still stay off my lawn


LegendInMyMind
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I'm not an old timer, but over the past couple years I have developed an issue with swinging my leg up onto a roof. You know, after you make it to the last step before getting on the roof and then you have to kind of throw your leg up a bit? I have developed some sort of block when it comes to that. I don't have bad issues with heights and I've never had problems with this in the past. I have no issue making that movement on the ground, like getting up in a truck bed or something like that, but if you put me at the top of a ladder it is damn near impossible for me to make myself do it. I eventually get it done, but it is way too much of a production.


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