Getting to Know You: 230ft above the ground

A couple weeks ago, I ended up in Vancouver for an impromptu day trip. The point of the trip itself had nothing to do with tourist attractions, but considering that it took almost three hours each way to drive, we tried to make the most of our day. The theme for the trip: Conquering fears.

I’m terrified of heights. I can’t stand near railings or balconies, let alone the railings on the second floor of a mall. Even the stair cases with the “holes” between the steps freak me out (you know, the ones at Urban Outfitters that make me not even want to venture up to the sales racks on the second floor). When I found out that one of the stops on the trip was going to be the Capilano Bridge, I curled up into a ball (aka fetal position) and didn’t want to move.

Capilano Bridge

The Capilano Bridge is a suspension bridge that hangs 230ft above a super rocky-looking river surrounded by gorgeous cliffs and forestry. Sadly, I was too busy trying not to cry while shuffling my way across the bridge to enjoy the view the first time across… (oh yeah, they don’t tell you that you have to cross the bridge TWICE!!)

Capilano Bridge

Capilano Bridge

Once I got over to the other end, my nerves had calmed down a bit and I ventured over to the Treetops Adventure. It’s a compilation of 7 suspension bridges strung across a series of trees about 100ft above a Vancouver rain forest. The scariest part is that none of these viewing platforms connecting the bridges to the trees are secured with nails or bolts. There’s some fancy engineering behind the compression system used to keep all of these in place.

Capilano Bridge

Capilano Bridge

The last part of the visit was the Cliffwalk. The trail here was overlooking the Capilano River, bolted to a granite cliff. The walkway was suuuuuper narrow and freaked me out so bad!!

Capilano Bridge

By the end of the day, I was definitely shaken up. I’m pretty proud of myself for not crying or hyperventilating in public… haha! Two things that usually happen when I freak out really badly. At least I can say I conquered one of my fears! (But I don’t know if I would pay $20 to do it again…)

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  • OMG my knees get weak just looking at those pictures. I’m deathly afraid of heights (holey stair cases? things with no railings? I’M GOING TO FALL THROUGH THEM) haha. I dont think I’d want to pay $20 to just pee my pants. :(

    • $20 is steep for a good scare. I’m totally with you on this one. I could’ve walked over the holey stairs at UO for FREE!

      the scenery was beautiful, though. :)

  • Synne Larsen

    I agree on the staircases, – I do not want to see how far down I’m going to fall in the event of the staircase collapsing…

    Well done! Facing fears is always hard, but also SO worth it!

  • Oh, I hate those stairs you can see through! Good job facing your fears and not crying! I like that scarf, too!
    –TS

  • I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one scared of those steps!! Seriously, good job for conquering your fears and seeing something amazing because of it! It look absolutely gorgeous up there and I definitely think it was worth the bravery!

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