Face Your Fear: Climber Sam Takes on BridgeClimb Sampler
Are you a little nervous about heights and considering the BridgeClimb Sampler as a test for yourself? We’re pleased to share with you Sam’s recent experience as she took on the Climb.
I woke up on Sunday all ready to face my fear. I didn't seem as nervous as I had felt a few weeks earlier when we were planning to do the climb, but the doubts and nervousness was still there. I was so glad to see the sun was out and shining as it had been pouring all week - I knew we were going to climb rain, hail or shine!
The good thing about the BridgeClimb Sampler is that it gives you that taste of the BridgeClimb. In just 1½ hours, you climb up the inner arch of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to a spectacular vantage point halfway to the top.
We walked up the stairs and waited for our group to be called. In the pre-Climb area we are shown how to put the harness on and given directions from Tom our Climb Leader. I advised Tom that I hated heights and he reassured me it would all be alright and to stay at the front of the group. I didn't want to go first so I had my husband John go first and I went second.
Our adventure started by walking out of the Climb Base onto the catwalks and past the first Pylon. I could feel the nerves starting to kick in - I am not a fan of walking up high and seeing gaps in the ground I am walking on.
The start of the Climb was actually the scariest for me. I was alright if I was looking out at the view but as soon as I looked down to the Bradfield Highway and saw the cars zooming along, I would slightly freak out. But we were harnessed on and there was no way I could fall.
Once we got passed the Pylon the gaps didn't seem so bad and our walk up the inner arch began. Can you see my smile hiding my nerves as I am climbing the steps?
Tom stopped a number of times throughout the Climb to give us some history as well as advising us how high we were. Then we made it, we reached the halfway point!
I must admit even when we were walking across the halfway point I wasn't as scared as I had anticipated. We all stopped for a group photo and a photo of John and I together. It is such a gorgeous view of Sydney Harbour, with the Opera House in the background; definitely an experience I will never forget.
I actually found the way back better on my nerves because you are climbing down. There were a few tricky corners, but I made it to the end and it really was a great experience.
I was proud of myself for facing my fear and achieving something that I had wanted to do for years.
I would highly recommend the BridgeClimb Sampler for those that are scared of heights. It's not as long or as high as the original BridgeClimb but you still get the experience and the opportunity to take in all the lovely sights our Harbour has to offer.
I would like to thank Climb Leader Tom for his encouragement. My husband loved it so much he wants to climb to the top next time! It may take some more encouragement for him to convince me, but I am not saying no.
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