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Trip to the Top of the World

to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge

semi-overcast

Annie:

We don't have that many pictures for this post because for safety reasons, sob, we weren't allowed to bring any cameras to the top of the bridge. We went on the discovery tour instead of the regular bridge tour, so instead of traveling to the top on the top beam, we traveled in the middle beam, learning about the architecture of the bridge. it was really cool and the only time that i felt like i might die was when we were on the bridge and it was overland, because if you have any chance of falling off, which you don't, you would splat. We learned about this one guy who fell off the bridge when he was working and we somehow managed to cover his eyes and ears as he fell and he survived. the impact with the water was enough that it split his boots and the soles of his boots had to be surgically removed, shudder. We had to wear:
jumpsuits
radios
headsets
balloon pants(heat pants)
belt
bags holding a rainjacket and a windbreaker
slider that held you on to a safety wire that didn't end from start to finish, the way that you would have to get out of the slider would be to take off your belt
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it was so much fun!!!

Word of the Day: choccies= chocolate candies(yum!!!)
p.s. it would really help for people to comment on our blog!

Auntie:

Mike J, aka MJ, was the perfect guide to lead our band of climbers up the bridge. From start to finish the Bridge Climb was a totally organized and very professional operation. We suited up, had our belts attached, and then all the other gear was clipped onto the belt (safety for the cars below). The adults were breathanalyzed and we all went through a metal detector. We then went through a practice run of stairs, ramps and walkways to get a sense of what we would encounter on the bridge itself. And then we were fit with radios that sat on our temples rather than in our ears (health and hygiene concerns.

The climb uses a number of the existing maintenance walkways and stairs with a couple of section purpose built for the climb. BridgeClimb leases the use of the Bridge from the NSW State Government and returns millions each year as it is one of the most popular attractions. We had people from Queensland, India, Boston and Charlotte NC on our tour. When we met maintenance workers they were polite but one could see they were less than than thrilled to have groups of neophytes clambering over their bridge; and I can well understand that territorial feeling.

WOTD: Lollies= hard candies, see www.sticky.com.au for an example. Shop in the Rocks so of course we have been there!

Posted by AnneAuntie 13:20 Archived in Australia Tagged family_travel

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This is one experience I'm glad I wasn't having - and glad you've finished with it. The view in your photo is really amazing. Mom

PS Ramona and I both added comments earlier today after we figured out how to do it. I don't know where they went!

by mary k

Wow!!! Souhds like that was quite a tour. Too bad no pics but it's understandable. We're really enjoying the blog - keep it up. Opa

by PapaOpa

What a thrill for you AND for us as we get to enjoy your adventure through your eyes!!!
Luv ya, Grandma Carolyn

by PapaOpa

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