October 20th, 2006
The next team to make an attempt was the German Turbo Crawler. This is the biggest climber in the competition, a full 26 kilos (1 kilo over the allowance - some negotiation and winning formula recalculation was necessary to allow them qualify). But they, too, fell victim to the winds here. Below are some photos showing what happened - as always, click on the thumbnails to view a larger version of the picture.
Professor Dr. Detlef H. Meche explaining to one of the news crew that today’s test had to be cancelled due to high winds. He made the point that their particular climber needs to have a stable tether for the first 5 meters - after that they can deal with the wind.
One other point of note; TurboCrawler uses 30,000 watts of light to drive their Climber. They brought an 18,000 watt spotlight from Germany with them and rented a 12,000 watt spotlight here (from Hollywood, no less).
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