The rope access industry can be a very difficult industry to get started in unless you know somebody who knows somebody.
I am speaking from the point of view of somebody with 17 years of experience in this industry. If it can be done on a rope, at some point in my career, I have probably done it.
The most crucial part about entering into the rope access industry is landing your first job. Very few rope access companies want to employ you without experience, and you can't get experience without the job. This creates a closed loop and a barrier to entry.
Occasionally things come your way that enhance others' lives and leaves a legacy! This "helping out a mate" was exactly that.
A few weeks ago a friend asked if I could help install an ANZAC day memorial sculpture on Elephant Rock on the Gold Coast.
The simple answer was yes, but I didn't realise how important to the community and how many people the art piece would reach. It ended up being huge!