This shot came about completely by chance. I was doing extensive work for a CATV company. They wanted everything shot: buildings, equipment, construction sites where cable was being installed, the corporate offices, the engineers' drafting room, and the administrative offices. I had complete freedom to shoot whatever I found interesting, I even had a cherry picker at my disposal!
While shooting in the equipment garage, I noticed a pair of climbing spikes laying in the corner. They looked like they hadn't been used in years. I recognized them right away because I had an uncle who was a lineman for the telephone company (that's "the telephone company" when there was only one, aka Ma Bell). I found someone who knew how to use them and we went out, found a pole and made this image. A mural sized print now hangs in the company's corporate headquarters.