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The Right Man for the Job

Photo courtesy of Mark Richey.

8/8/13 - Who do you call when the 292-foot-high wind turbine that powers your business needs cleaning? If you're Mark Richey, one of America's premier exploratory alpinists, you do the job yourself.

Photo courtesy of Mark Richey.

Richey's architectural woodworking company in Newburyport, Massachusetts, installed the 600-kilowatt turbine in early 2009 to help power the manufacturing plant and offices. This week, the 55-year-old climber headed up the tower with rappelling and jugging gear to scrub the blades.

Photo courtesy of Mark Richey.

Over a 30-plus-year climbing career, Richey has done numerous first ascents around the world, including, in 2011, the first ascent of 24,655-foot Saser Kangri II, then the second-highest unclimbed peak in the world, with Steve Swenson and Freddie Wilkinson. By comparison, a wind tower was child's play.


Previous Comments

Trask is awesome!

Chris - 08/24/2013 12:51:31

No mention of MetroRock North? The rock gym located in the shadow of the turbine is in a building owned by Mark.

Also Matt, but a different one - 08/08/2013 4:29:10

No mention of IRATA?

Matt - 08/08/2013 11:17:08