|Caltrans heavy equipment operator/scaler, climbs a slope above PCH near Pt. Mugu|
Caltrans rock climbers or scalers are composed of employees from the division of maintenance and engineering geologists. Rock climbers help maintain and protect slopes along 3,000 miles of state highways by physically removing marginally stable or unstable rocks from the face of a rock slope with crowbars, hands, feet, airbags, and explosives.
Each rock climber is certified and attends an intensive bank scaling and rock climbing training course in Kingvale, California.
Here's an example of the type of work our scalers have done:The California Highway Patrol will be on duty. Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.