Washington Monument Gets the Once-Over by Climbers.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity yesterday to get some video footage of climbers/engineers inspecting the exterior of the Washington Monument for damage following the August 23 earthquake that rattled the East Coast.  Reports say that these climbers, simultaneously dangling from all four sides of the monument, will go stone by numbered stone down the face looking for cracks and other flaws caused by the earth’s abrupt movement.

It was interesting to see a U.S. Park Service Ranger taking photos of the climbers from the highest openings on the obelisk.  I was a little jealous of that perspective on the event.  And, it also stopped raining for a few hours, finally.


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