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Report - Holliday Pigments Chimney, Hull

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by whittyboy, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. whittyboy

    whittyboy another yorkshire folk
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    hi there all, well the other day a mate and myself achieved something that we have both been wanting to do for a long time now, we finally got to climb up to the top of the holliday pigments chimney in hull all 460 foot of it and man was it worth it.
    We had both cased out the place for a while now and got an idea of the level of security and places to gain access from, but on the day in question we were spotted by the site owner near the front gate and his bloody great big dog, luckily he was well trained and only barked at us.
    well after talking to the chap for a while and expressing our interest in said chimney he agreed that if we liked we could go to the top, ok so we may have slightly cheated the system but saved getting my arms savaged i suppose.
    so having all the kit with us we donned our change of clothes as the guy said it was very dirty all the way up, we got on the head torches, gloves and dust masks, cameras in pockets and plenty of cold drinks as the day was a scorcher.
    The climb up was fairly straight forward, as an earlier poster stated it was vertical ladders that climbed approx 20 foot and then through a swing gate and on to a platform and so on and so on all the way to the top. Each level has been identified with a letter A,B,C etc all the way to S.
    Note to anyone attempting it in the future pick a cool day and it is very tiring, more of stamina thing really, oh yeah and like i did dont do it after 2 slices of pizza and a large sandwhich you start to feel it about half way up.
    Anyway onward we went and the thing that really keeps you going is the fact that you can see the daylight at the top getting ever closer.
    Hooray we finally got to the top and my mate stuck his head out first and shot it straight back in, no weary of the height more the fact when he stuck his head out he was greeted eye to eye with a very large bird of prey ripping a pigeons head off.
    so i went out first and believe me it is well worth it, the pictures speak for themselves it is breathtaking. The views on a clear day a well... i cant put words to it.
    even on a calm sunny day though it is windy up there and there is a visable sway to the whole structure, about 6" to a foot on the day.
    Well i wont bore you with more waffle i will let the pictures speak now. next visit would be great on a night to capture the whole of Hull lit up.
    Enjoy and thanks for taking time to read this:popcorn
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    made it to top

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    I made it too

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    the view down really gives the scale of the height

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    you cant go all that way up and not take a pic of the lights

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    looking west

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    Stoneferry bridges and sutton fields

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    looking east

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    looking towards saltend and the docks

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    looking south towards town centre and the deep

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    a bit of the bankside area, Humber bridge in the distance

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    closer view of Humber bridge

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    another future target to visit

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    anyone got on top of the blue bit (water tank maybe??)

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    closer view of docks and ferry

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    maybe one day get to top of that

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    east park

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    closer view of east park

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    ladder to top hatch

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    my mate feeling light headed

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    the local fuzz on a takeaway blue light run

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    shot through the railings

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    never realised how big the windmill was

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    aarrrggghhhh

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    peace dudes

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    the amount of times i have been under that bridge

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    dont look down

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    anyone know what used to be on that land

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    St Stephens shopping development

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    you will need one of these, i saw this on way down
     
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  2. Evade

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    Visited the site earlier and got to the base of the chimney. We was very un prepared and had nothing with us so the plan is to go back! just wondering if you get up from the very base of the chimney?
     
  3. Squirrell 911

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    I would assume so. When I did it the ladders were right to the bottom.
     
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    Ahh cool! went up the first set and it was pitch black so turned back and planned to return with head torches!
     
  5. Squirrell 911

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    Take a paper mask at least mate. Its as dusty as fuck up there. Also let me know if my ironing board is still up there. ;)
     
  6. Evade

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    Haha yeah i will! looking forward to the views!
     
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    host 28DL Regular User
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    Nice work, not for me but job well done. whats the situation with the rest of the site ? looked at it a long time ago and kind of forgot about it. the other target too….
     
  8. dave

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    Great effort well worth it for the views thanks for posting.
     
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