standing on the Edgewalk in Toronto

standing on the Edgewalk in Toronto

skywalking in the Alps

skywalking in the Alps

walking over a crevice

walking over a crevice

skywalking in Canada

skywalking in Canada

Who does these things? What kind of people volunteer willingly to experience these life-threatening, death-defying adventures? Maybe the same types who are daredevils, mercenaries, stunt drivers. Anyway I am no longer one of them. My parachuting days are long gone, and so are any other trips like these. But I still admire them and longingly wish I felt comfortable enjoying them.

I once went to the highest observation deck (610 feet) of the tallest building (1076 feet) in New Zealand, the Sky Tower in Auckland. In the observation deck, you could walk on a 1.5 inch glass part of the floor and look down to the street. You could see how nervous people were to step on the glass. Of course I made myself overcome my fear.

The tower also features the SkyJump, a 630-foot jump from the observation deck, during which a harnessed jumper can reach up to 53 mph. The jump is guide-cable-controlled to prevent jumpers from colliding with the tower in case of wind gusts. Climbs into the antenna mast portion (980 feet heights) are also possible for tour groups, as is a walk around the exterior, similar to the Edgewalk above. So some city-dwellers don’t have to go far for their thrills. Anybody ready?

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