Did my highest cutout about a week ago. Off the ground, it was about 30-33 feet high. Here are a few pictures.
Had to put the ladder on the tailgate to reach it.
Vac the bees, remove the comb.
This portion of the hive was almost all capped brood. I just dropped it in a 5 gallon bucket.
Fitting brood comb into frames.
Now the honey comb. Once I started pulling the soffit down, all the comb broke loose, so I had to let it all fall as it was too heavy to hold with one hand.
Obviously not a first year hive.
I used the standard ribbed hose, 35' of it, and had maybe 10 dead bees.
All the brood is emerging just fine and they have about 10 queen cells already capped.
I couldn't have done it without the great support I had on the ground by my neighbor who is becoming a serious beekeeper herself! I can put to rest for myself the "debate" about smooth interior vac hose needed. It's not.