Words by Anna Dimond
Zachary Riddle was scared. Sure, he’d climbed indoor rock walls before, and tried a couple of outdoor faces. But as one of the “blockers,” chained to a crane platform about 100 feet up from a construction site near the White House in Washington D.C. in January, adrenaline took over.
“I wasn’t shaking, but I was definitely worried, because you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Not just the height. It’s also highly emotional—someone could have been really mad that we were there, and it was my job to be prepared for that. That’s what was going through my head, ‘What am I going to say, and how am I going to handle it?’”
“The crane was about 300 feet and the protesters unfurled a 70-foot banner that read: ‘RESIST.’”
Riddle, 37, was one of seven protesters who climbed a crane near the White House five days after President Donald Trump’s election to protest both his administration, and the actions it was taking. The crane itself was about 300 feet, and the protesters who summited it unfurled a 70-foot banner that read, in black writing on an orange background, “RESIST.”