In the Canadian city of Toronto, two members of the city's alpine club were arrested on Monday (23 June) after they failed to climb the one thousand, eight hundred and twenty-two foot(five hundred and forty nine metre)Canadian National tower - the world's tallest self-supporting structure.
LV: Gerald Banning climbing CN Tower in toronto, Canada
GV PULL BACK: CN Tower
GV: Banning and fellow climber, David Smart, on side of tower
GV: Climbers descending
GV: Climber reaching ground and policeman approaching
SV INTERIOR: Climber being interviewed by reporters at police station. (3 shots)
SCU: David Smart talking
SCU: Gerald Banning speaking.
SV PAN:EXTERIOR: Climbers leaving police station.
VAUGIN:"For six hours today, Jerry Banning dangled over Toronto from a rope on the side of the world's tallest tower. Above him was his partner, David Smart, similarly attached to the structure. They pulled themselves upwards on rope which they secured as they went on small bolts that project from the towers wall. Their goal was the observation platform two-thirds of the way up the tower, where they hoped someone would open a window and let them in. Coming down though, they later explained, was,in fact, the most dangerous part of their adventure. They explained that it is in the descent that most mountain-climbing accidents occur. However, their's went without problems, unless you count as a problem the policemen who was waiting for them as soon as they reached ground. The pair didn't appear again until about an hour later at a nearby police station. There, they were cautioned by police, but they were not charged. Clearly pleased with themselves, the two climbers said they had made their point -- even though safety dictated the turn around before getting to the top."
SMART:"It's really easy to make a mistake on the way back down, and if you're really tired, you're more likely to make likely to make a mistake."
BANNING:"We were really concerned about safety -- we were not going to take any chances. A stunt like this only works if you can do it safely, and there is no other way of doing it."
VAUGHN:"The two adventurers, joined by a friend, left the police station through a pack of reporters. They were going home to get some rest, and promised they would never try to climb the tower again. Michael Vaughn, CBC News, Toronto."
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Background: In the Canadian city of Toronto, two members of the city's alpine club were arrested on Monday (23 June) after they failed to climb the one thousand, eight hundred and twenty-two foot(five hundred and forty nine metre)Canadian National tower - the world's tallest self-supporting structure. The men had planned to climb to an observation deck to mark the tower's fourth anniversary, but they abandoned the climb after seven hundred feet because of exhaustion as CBC reporter Michael Vaughn explains.