AMCHPR 2019 Fuxi Mountain Glass Bridge

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AMCHPR 2019 Fuxi Mountain Glass Bridge

Post by AlbertaTime » July 15th 2019, 10:57pm

So, I'm settling in after travel and organizing photos and figuring out how I want to compile all the shots, and I come on these photos and a corresponding video. I'd posted most of these stills to Facebook withing a day or so of doing this, but haven't put this on any forum, yet, and I wanted to show you folks.

And: the video was just uploaded to Youtube moments ago.

The Fuxi Mountain Glass Bridge was a real challenge for me. It's the longest circular glass bridge in the world, and it extends out 30meters (almost 100ft), at 360meters (1180ft) height.

I climbed cliffs as a kid, but sometime in my early 20s had a single but very close free climbing near-fall from about 400ft up that kinda left a lasting impression on me. My apprehension got steadily worse, to the point that as I got to my mid-30s I couldn't even approach the rail on a 5th floor apartment balcony, or within 10ft of the edge of a stable cliff. And, on my travels I've missed a lot of great shots due to fear at the edges of stuff. That's at least 30 years of being paralyzingly afraid.



I took the video after about 10 minutes on the bridge. It took me more than 2 minutes just to step foot on the glass, first time.

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As you can see, a lot of folks stick to the edges...

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So, I've tested myself since. Hopefully, the phobia is turfed. For the rest of my trip, and since, I've been on balconies, tall building tops, railings and such--and just haven't felt the panic.
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Post by conjurer » July 16th 2019, 7:41am

You're a braver man than I, Ron. No fucking way I'd walk out onto a sheet of glass over a fucking valley or whatnot.

Nice shots, though.
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Post by AlbertaTime » July 16th 2019, 11:19am

conjurer wrote:You're a braver man than I, Ron. No fucking way I'd walk out onto a sheet of glass over a fucking valley or whatnot.

Nice shots, though.


It was a fun day, John. If you ever get up this way, there's evidently a pretty impressive glass bridge in Jasper, also almost 1000 feet up, over a glacier. But I guess that'd count as being "over...whatnot" ;-)

I was so absorbed by where I was and what I was doing, though, that I completely forgot my 360º camera--and that was a shame.
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Post by labman » July 16th 2019, 12:25pm

Thanks for sharing vid and great pic AT.

Never had a fear of heights until I hit about 45.

Not so much a phobia but more of a realization of risks I probably should not be taking.

Recently climbed a couple of fire towers in the Appalachia mountains and could tell I was holding on tight, where when I climbed the same towers in my 20's thought nothing of it.

Kudos for getting onto the glass - not sure that I could do it. :roll:
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Post by Nuvolari » July 16th 2019, 2:28pm

Wow - well-done, Ron!

I have no issues with high altitudes, et. al., however, I do have an unshakable concern over smashing into the ground from the high altitudes of which I’m not afraid...
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Post by AlbertaTime » July 16th 2019, 9:02pm

foghorn wrote:Do you get to keep the swell kicks??


Nope :-) but they don't exactly track 'em, so I probably could have. Ya just grab 'em out of a box, and put them away later. :D
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