In 1969 Doug Reitmeyer, with his best friend, Steve Booth, climbed up to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. He purchased bundles of equipment including rope and metal clips from a local hardware store, and drove to the observation area on the Marin County side of the bridge at 2:30 a.m. Booth and Reitmeyer walked out onto the bridge when no cars were in sight, and jumped up onto the cables. They had little difficulty getting on the cables, but their hooks did not fit. They fussed around with them for awhile but, and then figured out quickly that the safety gear they had would not be useable, but this didn’t stop them. They decided to ascend with no safety gear….
1969 Golden Gate Bridge