A face-lift for the Monchsberg mountain, Salzburg, Austria - Visnews filmed recently cleaners carrying out this annual chore.
GV Of Salzburg
SV Australian hockey team take 'snaps'
LV Pan UP from houses to mountain
LV Cleaners arrive with gear on mountain road
CU Rope fixed to safety belt
SV Pan...From coil of rope to cleaners descending mountain face.
CU Rope played out
SV Cleaners at mountain dace chip away loose rocks.
CU Cleaners chipping rocks
TV On a Salzburg street.
CU Cleaner swing and chips rocks
LV Cleaner swings on side of mountain
SV Cleaners swing and chip rocks
LV Ditto and cleaners collide.
CU Cleaner, Salzburg in background
GV Of Salzburg.
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Background: A face-lift for the Monchsberg mountain, Salzburg, Austria - Visnews filmed recently cleaners carrying out this annual chore. Dangling from ropes, sex intrepid men and swing back and fort chipping at the loose stones and rocks.
The origin of this 'cleaning' operation dates back to 1614 when a large chunk of rock fell from the Monchsberg into a street in Salzburg, far below. Eight people were killed.
Nothing was done about this until some enterprising townsman worked out why rocks periodically tumbled down the mountainside, adding to the mortality rate of the town. The winter frost cracked the mountain surface and when the thaw came the fragment fell away. Armed with this scientific knowledge he recruited men to clear the mountain of these dangerous rocks.
The work usually takes six weeks, sometimes longer if the cleaners continue colliding with ???each other in mid-air.