#LanderBiz: ‘Window’ of opportunity found to use rock climbing skills in trade job

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(Lander, WY) – What began as a high school summer break gig eventually led to now 28-year-old Tate Boley becoming a professional window washer.

He recently started Tate’s Window Washing which currently serves the Lander and Riverton areas. Specializing in residential and commercial building window washing, hard water removal, screen cleaning and more.

He grew up near the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho and was no stranger to heights since his rock climbing parents had him in a harness at a very young age.

According to Tate, window washing is more dangerous than climbing, however, there is a lot of skill crossover.

“When you are climbing you can’t be scared or you are not focusing on your body. You have to be in the zone – stay calm and not think too hard.”

The same mindset goes for being on a ladder and washing windows, he shared. “The ladder work is balancing, just like with climbing.”

Part of Tate’s ability to focus while washing windows is listening to music which ranges from jazz to techno. “Anything without lyrics,” he noted. This is something he learned from a former boss who always listened to opera to focus.

He also considers both window washing and rock climbing art forms. Noting both are meticulous and require learning from someone else to refine the skills.

With his years of experience, he can complete most residential houses in half of a day. He does need to see the building before washing and offers free estimates to those in his service area of Riverton and Lander.

Mondays and Fridays he sets aside for bids and washes Tuesday-Thursday.

He has his own equipment, and uses Mrs. Meyers to clean since it works really well and is free of harmful chemicals.

Those interested in getting an estimate can call Tate at (208) 721-7677 or email him at tateswindowwashing@gmail.com.

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