Sydney Bridge Climb with fear of heights?

Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:43 PM
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Sydney Bridge Climb with fear of heights?

Four of us will be in Sydney for 5 nights and three of us (not me!)REALLY want to do the bridge climb. Unforunately, I have had a fear of heights my entire life, hate being near edges of tall buildings, am terrified of bridges and in general do not like being up very high. I read on BridgeClimb website that they trained to help people like me overcome these fears. They have posted a testimonal of a 62 year old man who fears were the exact same as mine and he thrilled with the experience (and supposedly overcame his height issues) Is that a come-on? Has anyone with my fears every given it a try?
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 07:06 PM
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If you were to do a Search at the top of the page on this subject you will find many discussions about the Bridge climb with a number expressing concerns such as yours. However, the result seems to be that everyone who attempts it - does so and enjoys every moment.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 07:35 PM
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The Bridge climb has been fully booked since it started - they don't need to do false testimonials.
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Jan 4th, 2006, 03:40 AM
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On the other hand, it's a rather expensive walk, and if you backed out in the first ten minutes, I don't know if they'd be inclined to offer you a refund!

You wear special clothing, and all walkers are anchored by cable to a fixed cable. There is absolutely no danger at any time... they even delay the climb if there is an electrical storm threatening. If these assurances allay your fears, then maybe you will try it.

However, my bet is that, assurances or no, you are going to feel exactly the same way about it as you did when you posted!
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Jan 4th, 2006, 04:40 AM
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My daughter is scared of heights, she was very very apprehensive about the climb, but we eventually talked her into it. It was the most exhilerating experience of her trip (apart from meeting Alan of course)
She is still fearful of heights but always talks about the fantastic climb, she still has the photographs by her bed.
Its really up to you only you can decide but if your really 100% against it, as Alan said its an expensive walk to back out of.

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Jan 4th, 2006, 09:55 AM
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I did the Bridge Climb in Sydney back on Dec. 29, 2005. It was $200 Australian dollars or about $150 U.S. The entire tour took about 4 hours. Personally, I thought the rides on top of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas were more exciting. I was never scared and at one point, I was bored. They will take your photo about five times and try to sell them back to you at $14.95 each. Personally, I thought it was overpriced.
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Jan 4th, 2006, 02:13 PM
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Richard, I really don't think your fears will be a problem. Neither my wife or I are great with heights, and were a bit aprehensive about the climb, but at NO point did we ever feel scared or in any danger.
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Jan 4th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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One solution would be to let the other three climb the Bridge, and you climb the pylon, which will give you a splendid view from the top, has nice high walls to protect you yet gives you ample picture taking opportunities. It will set you back a trim $8. We just did not want to spend $300 to do the climb and not even be able to take our own photos. There's a nice display inside the pylon of the bridge buildng which we enjoyed as well.
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Jan 4th, 2006, 06:20 PM
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Climbing the pylon is an interesting idea. That sure appeals to me but I will encourage the other 3 to consider the $150 climb. How can I get more info on climbing the pylons?
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Jan 4th, 2006, 07:16 PM
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the south east pylon is open 9-5 and costs A$8.50 to get in.You get there by walking onto the pedstrian way for the bridge.If i was you whilst they do the bridgeclimb....

get the ferry from cirular quay to milsons point
get someone to take your photo in front of the smiley face at luna park

have a swim at the north sydney pool

have a coffe at ripples and read your guidebook section on the harbour bridge
(make sure you know the story of de groot at the bridge opening and paul hogan and the brudge)

walk under the bridge and up to the milsons point railway station

take the pedestrain walkway across the bridge to the south east pylon
do the pylon

complete the walk across the bridge
meet your bridgclimb ppl outside the bridgclimb office

have a beer at the harbour view pub.
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Jan 4th, 2006, 07:34 PM
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this is the one tour that I don't suggest pre-booking to my clients.

It's an expensive tour and non-refundable and I would hate for anyone to get there, look up and wonder "WHAT was I thinking, I can't do this!"

Since you're going to be in Sydney for 5 nights, my suggestion would be to go to the office and talk to the staff and then check it out for yourself. I feel sure your "gut" will tell you whether or not it's a good match for you!

Hope this is helpful!

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Jan 5th, 2006, 09:02 AM
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Hi--I've been to Sydney twice now and both times, I've wanted to go the BridgeClimb with my husband and friends but both times I've chickened out because of my fear of heights. We were in Sydney last month and I was trying my best to "psych" myself into it before we left. I checked out the BridgeClimb website for photos and also, the BridgeClimb video taken during an actual climb on the Sydney Morning Herald website,, click on video for Bridgeclimb. That happened to be the deciding factor for me, seeing the ladders that you need to climb. I hope you can overcome your fear of heights--I hope someday I will!
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Jan 5th, 2006, 07:06 PM
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See, just what DownUnder said is why I recommend that people wait until they're there to actually decide!

And Down's experience sounds just like me, except in my case, it's water...when I was about 7 I nearly drowned -- yeah,dragged up onto the beach, CPR administered..the whole thing. Needless to say, that left an impression.

That said, I've snorkelled everywhere, (Australia being the best), BUT, I have to psych myself up for it. I would never go without my "safety net"..the vest. That's the key for me. And then, once I see my first fish, I'm gone! I forget all my fear and become totally entranced.

However, (and this is what I liken the experience of climbing the Bridge to if you have fears)about 15 years ago in Mexico I caved to "peer pressure" and got talked into actual DIVING. It wasn't pretty. I suffered a panic attack and in the back of my mind, all I could think about was the cost (which was about $50 at the time) and I was forcing myself to do something that every fiber in my body was resisting. I was not having fun...not even remotely.

I finally thought "$50 isn't worth what I'm going through" and got out of the water. For me, I love snorkelling and I will do it at every opportunity but that added "extra" of diving was too much.

I assume it's much the same with a fear of may be able to travel in the elevator to the top floor, but can you step out and actually enjoy the view? My thought is that you just need to see it to know.


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Jan 5th, 2006, 09:45 PM
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I've always been a height wimp but thought I could beat it. When I was much younger and just a bit sillier I got a job on the Ord River Diversion Dam in the Kimberleys, sandblasting the dam gates - this entailed hanging and working on scaffolds about 30m above the ground, and after a couple of days of stark terror I thought I'd been cured.

Last year we ascended the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, from which it's possible to look about 300m (1000 ft) straight down, and guess what? I cowered in terror as far from those canted windows as I could get. Don't underestimate the problem. For what it's worth, I think it mainly afflicts those of us with very active imaginations - you can't help visualising yourself falling into the abyss.
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Neil that Dam job sounds brill....any vacancies??

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