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Hephaestion
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posted 02 November 2005 05:23 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post


New "Grand Canyon Sky Walk"

* Scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2006 Hualapai Indian Reservation

* Just about 70 feet into the canyon, 4000 ft above the Colorado River

* Will accommodate 120 people comfortably

* Built with more than a million pounds of steel beams, and includes dampers that minimize the structure's vibration.

* Designed to hold 72 million pounds, withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake 50 miles away, and withstand winds in excess of 100 mph

* The walkway has a glass bottom and sides...four inches thick

(I can see me crawling on my hands and knees to look over the edge!!)

Story

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chester the prairie shark
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posted 02 November 2005 05:58 PM      Profile for chester the prairie shark     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
not sure if i would be able to walk out there
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jrootham
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posted 02 November 2005 06:06 PM      Profile for jrootham     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
No fucking way
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chester the prairie shark
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posted 02 November 2005 06:09 PM      Profile for chester the prairie shark     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
i guess you get to know how wylie coyote feels just before the plunge
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Yukoner
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posted 02 November 2005 06:11 PM      Profile for Yukoner   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Why would anyone build this? I don't see the point.

72 million pounds??? 120 people???? I guess Americans are getting fatter.


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ShyViolet
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posted 02 November 2005 06:22 PM      Profile for ShyViolet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
you can forget it...
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Stephen Gordon
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posted 02 November 2005 06:34 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post
Oh jeez - I just had a flash of going out there with my boys:

'Get down from there!'

'I don't care if your brother was walking on the wall; I don't want you to do it, either!'


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Black Dog
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posted 02 November 2005 06:36 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'd do it. But I'd like to bring along some young earth creationists and point out all the crazy strata in the rock of the canyon.

"See? Thatone there is from 130 million years ago. That one is from when the dinosaurs died out. And thatone there is from when some crazy bastard took a bunch of 'shrooms and wrote 'Revalations'...."


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Raos
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posted 02 November 2005 06:44 PM      Profile for Raos     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Oh, I would love to go out on that. I love the feeling of looking down from immense heights.
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Crippled_Newsie
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posted 02 November 2005 07:00 PM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Clear floor? No, no, thousand times no.

When I visited the Grand Canyon, I had to practically crawl to the edge as it was.


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Raos
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Ooh, I wonder if they have any plans to add a glass bungee jumping platform to the end. That would be a riot!
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Cougyr
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posted 02 November 2005 08:36 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I like jumping up and down on suspension bridges, just to make other people nervous. Yes, I'd go out there. No problem.
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Hephaestion
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posted 02 November 2005 08:39 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Raos, you make my stomach queasy just from *thinking* about that...
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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 02 November 2005 08:42 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Look at this way - I wouldn't walk on the glass floor of the CN Tower's observation deck.

So, um, NO WAY!

(I have a thing about heights)


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 02 November 2005 09:06 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'd rather step out on that then get up on a rickety ladder. I could fall from the latter.
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Michelle
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posted 02 November 2005 09:31 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
That would be SO COOL.

You can file this under YES. I'd be nervous, but hell, it'd be worth it!


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Makwa
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posted 02 November 2005 09:36 PM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I wanna go, I wanna go! Wanna go with about 100 Hualapai people doin' some serious pow wow singing! Ho Ya!
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Diane Demorney
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quote:
Originally posted by Makwa:
I wanna go, I wanna go! Wanna go with about 100 Hualapai people doin' some serious pow wow singing! Ho Ya!

May I send my two nephews with you? They are "Swampy Cree" from northern Manitoba". I'm not so sure they would like the heights. Although, I think the oldest wouldn't have a problem. He works as a sub-contractor for roofing.


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Boom Boom
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posted 02 November 2005 10:03 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Yes, I'd love to go out there. I love heights. A friend here is building an ultralight, and I'll his first passenger.

I've been up the highest (Rockies) mountain in New Mexico, far above the clouds. Breath-taking, literally.


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arborman
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posted 03 November 2005 02:23 AM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Yep, I'd go out on it - heights have never bothered me much. Too bad it's in the US, where I won't be going any time soon.
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Briguy
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posted 03 November 2005 08:51 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'm no engineer, but I'm really bothered by the lack of any support braces (below) or anchored cables (above) on that rendition. The view, I would rather enjoy. But then, I'm into climbing and similar pointless endeavours.
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skdadl
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posted 03 November 2005 09:26 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
No no no no. Not moi. Nope.

I can't look at Niagara Falls, either. Dizzy. Feel dizzy.


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