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July 7, 2017
Q. HELP WANTED: Required skills include advanced rope climbing, rope rigging, fiberglass repair, plus ability to work at heights of several hundred feet, sometimes in high winds. Seasonal work mostly between spring and fall, with travel to various locations for four to six weeks at a time. Do you have what it takes?
A. Rope-access technician Jessica Kilroy does, one of only two women in the field who repair wind turbine blades all over the globe, reported Sierra magazine from an interview by Kristine Wong. Combining her climbing interest with a strong conservationist bent, Kilroy works for Rope Partners, where she ascends 300-foot turbine towers wearing a heavy harness with her tools and gear.
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