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Climbed with -Raz-

100% the most exhilarating climb we have ever done, with the cages on the ladders only going half way around the back of you to allow for the holder to rise up and then back down again, it really hit home the importance of keeping a tight hold considering the consequences...

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Bit of History/Background;

Northern Gas Networks own the structure. It is the town’s one remaining gas holder and is maintained to ensure gas supplies never run short.

The 127ft giant stores gas and helps meet the enormous peaks in demand that occur in winter.

A spokesman said: “In winter there can be as much as five times the amount of gas flowing through the mains than in summer. When everyone wakes up in the morning or gets home from school or work, demand can be so high that we need to have some extra gas stored in case we need it.

“That’s where the gas holders are so important. We fill them up overnight, when there’s gas to spare, and they empty during the day when demand is higher.â€

The holder was originally built in 1916 by W C Holmes and then rebuilt by Clayton & Co in 1968.

It is column guided and holds nearly five million cubic feet of gas (or 127,000 cubic metres).

There were originally five gas holders at Huddersfield, which have been demolished over the years as more gas becomes stored in underground pipelines.

Gas production ceased in the town in the late 1960s.

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And here is a news report of 3 guys climbing it back in 2013; http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-gas-climb-stunt-condemned-6152832

The Explore;

After a day of fails and alarms we were more determined than ever to get on and do something and having seen this on previous visits to the area we decided to mish over for a look. The surrounding area is pretty much derp city however the Kirklees Council appear to be very handy with that horrible metal sheeting which is nigh on impossible to get around without the help of an angle grinder, or perhaps a teleport. :grin:

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Upon reaching the Gas Holder we quickly established that this giant was not in her prime condition, and as the frame cracked and creaked around us, we began our ascent. What followed was the most terrifying and yet enjoyable climb of my life. The views of Huddersfield in the twilight were pretty cool, not anything spectacular but nice and chiller for a sunday night.

Photos;

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I would like to call this particular image "Oh Fuck This Is High, Why Am I Doing This"

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Thanks for looking :thumb

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Nice work and a selfie thrown in as well :thumb

:comp:

It would be rude not to chuck a selfie in ;)

Cheers SK :thumb

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Gotta love a bit of GAS, and as gas holders go that's not a bad one. Well done for getting out there, the ladders can be quite sketchy on these things sometimes. :thumb

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Gotta love a bit of GAS, and as gas holders go that's not a bad one. Well done for getting out there, the ladders can be quite sketchy on these things sometimes. :thumb

Very sketchy indeed mate - wobbled a lot more than i would have liked!

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Very nice shots indeed. The third one down is my favourite I think.

Cheers Dude, its a pretty cool climb about tnh :thumb

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Fair play it makes my bum squeak a bit climbing these, worth it for the views though and you've got some decent pics here. You could get away with upping the picture size a bit in fact although that's up to you :thumb

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Nice set of pics and good effort getting it done :thumb

You wouldn't get me up somewhere like that ;)

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Fair play it makes my bum squeak a bit climbing these, worth it for the views though and you've got some decent pics here. You could get away with upping the picture size a bit in fact although that's up to you :thumb

How do i do that Raw? - Still not entirely sure how to use the forum to its full

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You wouldn't catch me up one of those but glad some people do so I can look at the pics from the safety of earth :D

Cool share mate :thumb

As for the pic sizing just select "medium 800x600" when you're copying the codes from Flickr from the drop down jobby :)

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You wouldn't catch me up one of those but glad some people do so I can look at the pics from the safety of earth :D

Cool share mate :thumb

As for the pic sizing just select "medium 800x600" when you're copying the codes from Flickr from the drop down jobby :)

Wont catch me up a another lol.

Cheers mate, whnat is the best size would you say?

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Wont catch me up a another lol.

Cheers mate, whnat is the best size would you say?

I'll keep with the gas theme :D This is 800 x 532

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and you can even go one bigger, I usually opt for this one personally 1024 x 681

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I'll keep with the gas theme :D This is 800 x 532

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and you can even go one bigger, I usually opt for this one personally 1024 x 681

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Fuck me that puts our baby holder to shame!!!

thats a big old bit of metal :thumb

Ill probs use 1024 x 681 - Seems a good size :ugeek:

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