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Old 05-09-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I noticed that no one has calculated how long it would take to walk up that spiral staircase?

Any takers?

Can it be done in one lifetime?
Danged if I know. But surely at some point, a guy would start getting lighter, and after that, he could start stepping "down" [away from the Earth] the stairs. He could then have some kind of friction gadget that slows his descent somewhat but allows him to go faster, and without using steps.

On the way "up", he could have rest stations where his oxygen can be filled, as well as concentrated food that is already mostly digested.

And in some rest stations, a small pressurized room, kind of like the little Japanese tubes that are really cheap.

If there were 238,857,000 steps normally, then the above-mentioned, the practicality of of such a walk could be greatly reduced.

(OK, I cheated about the estimate of "walking" 238,857,000 steps, part...)
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Itinerant
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It took long enough just to ride the seated elevator at the Arch in St. Louis. I'd need something that would zip right up to a landing platform.
Assuming a 6" riser, there are 264 Million steps in 25k miles up.

According to the Stairclimbing sport website, the empire state building has 1576 steps and was climbed in a world record time by a 30-39 year old male in 10 minutes and 24 seconds, or 12 minutes and 44 seconds for a woman, so if we average it to be 11 minutes and 34 seconds for unisex. Then lets half it for endurance purposes to 23 minutes 8 seconds for 1576 steps. Then the total time to climb would be 3.875 Million minutes, that's 7 years 136 days (rounding off the minutes to 4 significant figures) of just climbing. If we assume a 33% duty cycle of 8 hours a day climbing, then that's 22 years and 43 days (assuming no injuries, illnesses or anything that delays the climb).

Yes you can do it in a lifetime, it'll take between 1/3 to 1/4 of it, but it's doable.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Led Zeppelin sez yes.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Assuming a 6" riser, there are 264 Million steps in 25k miles up.

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According to the Stairclimbing sport website, the empire state building has 1576 steps and was climbed in a world record time by a 30-39 year old male in 10 minutes and 24 seconds, or 12 minutes and 44 seconds for a woman, so if we average it to be 11 minutes and 34 seconds for unisex. Then lets half it for endurance purposes to 23 minutes 8 seconds for 1576 steps. Then the total time to climb would be 3.875 Million minutes, that's 7 years 136 days (rounding off the minutes to 4 significant figures) of just climbing. If we assume a 33% duty cycle of 8 hours a day climbing, then that's 22 years and 43 days (assuming no injuries, illnesses or anything that delays the climb).


Yes you can do it in a lifetime, it'll take between 1/3 to 1/4 of it, but it's doable.
Not sure I have that much lifetime left. If I live to be a hundred, I've already pissed away 60%.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Not sure I have that much lifetime left. If I live to be a hundred, I've already pissed away 60%.
Yeah but think of being able to drop a penny from that height...
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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Assuming a 6" riser, there are 264 Million steps in 25k miles up.
I don't know if you just made an oversight error here or not?

The stairway would only be 200 or so miles up not 25K. (25 thousand)
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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Yeah but think of being able to drop a penny from that height...
Or a water balloon!
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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I don't know if you just made an oversight error here or not?

The stairway would only be 200 or so miles up not 25K. (25 thousand)
5280 feet times 2 (6" riser) times 25 thousand

10560 x 25,000 = 264,000
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Yeah but think of being able to drop a penny from that height...
Or a case of beer

Well, not really drop it...

Yellow raaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnn
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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5280 feet times 2 (6" riser) times 25 thousand

10560 x 25,000 = 264,000
I understand that!

I am pointing out the 'error' in the other post stating that the stairway would 'rise' 25,000 MILES UP! (That's what 25k is .. Is it not?)

It would only 'rise' 2 or 300 MILES at most!
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