Acrophobia may stop some people from walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There is a saying inn Sydney, Australia, that you haven’t seen Sydney until you have been “over the top”. Sure anyone can cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the lower lever. The term “over the top” refers to taking the bridge climb.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was the largest bridge of its type when built in 1929. It rises high over a narrow part of the harbor. For a fee, you can climb up to the top of the span. It rises approximatey 800 feet above the water.
Bridge climbers are equipped with gray and blue suits so that they blend with the beams and do not distract motorists. All garments, including a blue handkerchief are attached to the climber’s body. The climber wears a safety belt to which a safety tether is attached. In inclement weather, pouches with a rain coat or a fleece jacket are attached to the safety belt. It is interesting to be able to remove said jacket from the pouch and put it on with the bottom still anchored in the pouch.
Each tether has a trolley on the end. The climber attaches the trolley to the safety rail and off you go. There is absolutely no way you can fall off, but try to tell that to someone who is afraid of heights. The first part of the climb is up stair-like ladders, but near the top, the climbers are walking on the beams. Of course the beams are about 8 feet wide and have hand rails.
Bridge climbers go in small groups with a guide. Each climber has a radio. Each guide has a transmitter and gives a history of the bridge and a humorous account of what can be seen below.
My wife and I had a grand time. I recommend it to anyone who has the nerve. The view is grand. The chatter from the guide is interesting and informative, and you can brag about having been somewhere many of your friends would not think of going.
In Chased Across Australia, there is a terrorist chasing Jack and Jill as they head out to take the bridge climb. Naturally, the terrorist is obligated to follow Jack and Jill where ever they go, but this terrorist has acrophobia. By the time he realizes he is in line to climb the bridge, it is too late to back out without drawing attention to himself.
As long as the terrorist keeps looking ahead, he is all right. Suddenly a car horn from below distracts him. He looks down and. . .
I had a lot of fun writing this chapter. I may not be afraid of heights, but there are other situations I am not comfortable with. I hope I accurately conveyed the fear of the terrorist.
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If you are afraid of heights, please sit down before reading that chapter.