What can I say...I can say that it was O.K... I would have preferred a little bit more of that 'oh shit oh shit I'm gunna die' feeling but they have gone so totally over the top with safety that I found myself looking for danger, and that is not a healthy thought process to have, especially for me.
Would I do it again? Yes, but at night next time..It would be more thrilling at night.
Before you even get to the bridge proper you have to do a few things.
- Sit in a little waiting area until your group is called.
- When called you are moved into another even smaller room to fill out forms, confess to any major operations in the last 6 months and...be breathalysed (where's the fun in that?)
- You are then told to walk through another door and to stand on little circles painted onto the floor, I assumed this was to prevent us from getting tangled up with each other.
- The nice woman then looks us all up and down in order to size us for our sexy one piece jump suit (not the right name me thinks)
- You are told to remove watches, large earrings, bracelets and any hair accessories..elastic bands are o.k but scrunchies are out. At this point my mind wanders thinking of what sort of weapon a scrunchy could be fashioned into!!!
- You are told to remove everything from your pockets and to only wear a light layer of clothing under the suit.
- Then, with jump suit in hand, it is into another smaller room with lockers.
- Choose a locker, walk behind one of the little curtain change areas and strip.
- Spend 1 min putting on your jump suit and 10 minutes helping others put theirs on the right way
- Place all your contraband into the locker and the locker key around your neck.
- Is this starting to sound like prison yet???
- You are then made to walk through a metal detector once through the detector you are double checked by someone with a hand held wand thingy
- Oh and you are told that when walking through the detector just to clasp your hand around your locker key (that is around your neck) so as not to set it off- At this point my companion turns to say that this is a tip that we can now use at international airports
- My mind wanders, thinking of what you could conceal in your closed hand that could possibly cause chaos- a tiny explosive device, a tiny gun, a really nasty tiny dog.
- Blahh blahh you get kitted up
- You climb/walk the bridge.
- You do all the above points in reverse (ouch)
- You collect your free group photo and refuse to pay $24 plus for any of the other photos they took whilst you were up there.
- You go to the pub with the nice Scottish couple you met whilst climbing and have a stiff drink.
Copyright © E Jennings 2008.
But seriously it was fun and easy enough for anyone to do
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THIS is also very cool