Don’t look down!!

27 Jan 2014
It seems more and more people look for that adrenaline kick while on their travels, Below are a few organised / disorganised ways of getting the buzz.
1.       Skywalk, Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand.
A mere 192 metres above the city of Auckland, with no handrails and only fresh air as a barrier.
Walk around the tower then throw yourself off for the ultimate selfie.
2. The CN Tower, Toronto.
Billed as Toronto's most extreme attraction, Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. 356 metres above the city you get to do the "toes over Toronto" move.
 

3. The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Chicago.
With 4 retractable balconies 412 metres above the city streets of Chicago, it may seem quite tame compared to some and with the added comfort of being indoors.

  4. Step Into The Void, on the summit terrace of the Aiguille du Midi, in the French Alps

A five sided glass box 3,842 metres above sea level  and 1,034 metres above the rocks below, opened in December 2013 and billed as the tallest attraction in Europe.

5.  The Grand Canyon Skywalk, Grand Canyon Arizona.
A horse-shoe shaped bridge 1,219 metres above the amazing Grand Canyon, 120 miles from Las Vegas, commissioned and owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe it cost $31 million to construct and can hold the weight of 822 people (although only 120 are permitted at any one time).
6. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Hunan Province of China.
Home to a 60 meter long, 3ft wide glass shelf that circles the vertical cliffs, Walking 1,430 metres high on a 2 inch sheet of glass around a pillar like mountain leaves you breathless, A 2 hour flight from Shanghai gets you to Zhangjiajie. This area is also the place that inspired the film director and production team of Avatar for the floating mountains in the film.
Hunan Province China
7. El Caminito del Rey (The King's little pathway)

A tiny walkway pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge around 60km North West of Malaga in Spain, the 1 metre wide rickety wooden walkway rises around 100 metres at some stages, built in 1905 to provide workers with access in between two power plants, the walkway has fallen in to disrepair and attracts adrenalin junkies from around the world, Watch the video if you dare.

8. Hua Shan Plank Path, Xian, China.

Two hours from Xian is the sacred mountain of Hua Shan, Initially the climb looks attractive with stone stairs leading up, but as you climb it gets scarier and scarier.

The stone stairs lead to some ramshackle planks of wood with just a rusty chain to hold on to.....

When eventually the planks of wood make way for a few toe holes in the mountain.....

After all that adrenaline at the top you can relax in a converted Taoist temple with a nice cup of tea.

And finally....

If you are not the type to go on guided walks, why not try making your own skywalk, like Mustang Wanted from Ukraine.

Recently the subject of a Channel 4 documentary where James Kingston from Southampton tracked him down and went on a tour with him of his homeland.