BOISE -- Long before the sun comes up, Randy Fisher is already making his way up to his high-rise office one 20-foot ladder at a time.
Fisher has made the climb for every shift since October, working as the tower crane operator for the Zions Bank Building in Downtown Boise.
However, all day may be the most over-used understatement on this job site, because by the time the sun does break, Fisher has been swinging iron for almost an hour.
It will be another 13-hour day for this 58-year-old up in his box about 280 feet above the Boise streets with barely any time to break for lunch.
After 30 years and almost 3,500 hours of sitting in seats up in cranes, Fisher has learned to quickly develop long-distance working relationships with the guys on the ground.
"We have to trust each other at everything we do. It's absolutely critical," Fisher said.
The guys down below trust him, however they just don't get to see him much.
"All they do is they know my voice, but they don't know really who I am," Fisher said.
Now there are probably a few questions people do ask when they look up and see Fisher in the crane. Does he have an elevator and where does he go pee?
Well Fisher's response is, "I climb 15 20-foot ladders in this one" So no elevators. So what about the pee question? His response, "I use an empty Gatorade bottle and pack it out at the end of the night... it's quite simple."
Commanding a machine that can carry 40,000 pounds, sitting in what is already Idaho's tallest structure, and worrying about radius and obstacles, staying focused is Randy's biggest challenge.
"You get so wore out after 10 hours mentally," Fisher said.
However, the Boise man still manages a little time to see what he can see.
"I have a saying, I don't see everything but I don't miss much."
Fisher says he's never been inside a building he's helped piece together, but this one may be the exception.
"I may come in here to Ruth's Chris and have a steak one night," Fisher said.