BCP063 Calgary (Calgary Tower)
What a glorious day. I had just finished watching the sing-along version of the Sound of Music at the old Uptown Theatre and was humming Climb Every Mountain as I walked downtown. Off in the distance I could see the Calgary Tower. What a beautiful site. I daydreamed of being the first to officially log the brass cap on the top of the tower. Oh how I have tried…
There was the time I made reservations in the restaurant and then proceeded to check all exits and stairwells looking for a route to the top, with no success. And how about the time when I tried to pass myself off as an official from Alberta Survey Control and I needed to view and polish that lovely brass cap on top of your tower. I got no further than the front desk.
Perhaps though, today was different. There were signs at the base of the tower saying “Caution, window washers above”. This must be my lucky day, first the Sound of Music and now this, an opportunity to view the elusive survey marker. I had recently completed an introductory climbing course, how hard could this be. I grabbed my climbing harness and other necessary equipment out of my backpack and proceeded to hook myself up to the rope. Now began the arduous task of ascending the tower. It took a little longer than I expected but I reached the window washers and they were not too pleased! They helped me onto the platform and then headed to the top of the tower.
We soon reached the top. Security was going to arrive at any moment. I needed to spot the brass cap and get the pertinent info, ASAP. Ahh, there it was by the edge. I could hear my Dad’s voice in my head, “Redrouge, you stay away from the edge, you could fall and then your mom would never talk to me again.” He was always so nervous with heights.
I squirmed over to the edge and knelt down to the cap. I then committed the numbers to memory. Ahh, Alberta Survey Control 19## ###.##. It was a sight to behold. I then felt a firm grip on my shoulder and looked up and around to see a Calgary Tower security guard. Well my trip down should be a little easier!