invited for the KRO TV programme "Remarkable Places
of the Netherlands". We explored one of the biggest
"container canyons" and hauled the whole camera
team on top of them.
From the Botlekbrug
you can see the next harbour playground. Huge
stacks of containers are stored here without any
security. I'm always amazed by the weird
atmosphere in these canyons of containers. It
would be fun to convert one of these containers
to a temporary home.
We pick a stack of
tank containers. These have a handy ladder along
the left side. This is easily climbable, even by
camera men with camera's. The downside is that
these don't stack as high (5) as the ordinary
containers (8). But the ordinary containers
require two trained climbers and full climbing
The tank containers are
climbable even without special protection - as
Angelo demonstrates. But I prefer secured access
and a I climb up with (soloing) gear and attach a
solid top anchor. Now we can haul the whole team
Tijmen conquers his fear of
heights, joins Angelo and gains a great view over
container city. There is no fence and the drop is
five floors down.
These shots were made by the
camera man of the KRO. One by one I lowered the
rest of the team and I was relieved when everyone
was back on solid ground again.