Tuesday, February 9, 2010

K2 of Urban Climbs..

I recently received the February issue of Conde Nast Traveler where the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is being called the K2 of Urban Climbs! I climbed the bridge while I was on a business trip to Sydney in 2000. Its been ten years since then and the article has brought back so many memories...
I remember my mom being upset....my climbing a bridge over WATER..... to her mind that was just crazy!! The Bridge Climb had been inaugurated in 1998 and was "the" thing to do in Sydney and the world. I was so thrilled with the opportunity. I enjoyed the experience even more as it was on company expense :-) The climb was thrilling and the views from the summit were to die for.
After the four hour climb I sat in a cafe and chatted with my fiance over the phone. The poor guy sitting in the US was subjected to a one sided conversation about my recent accomplishment :-) With a heady feeling and not a care in the world, I walked out of the cafe without my purse!! After walking a few blocks, I realised my folly and ran back hoping to retrieve my belongings. Thankfully the cafe owner was waiting patiently for me to return. The sight of my passport in my purse calmed my nerves and I clung to it for life. It was certainly an eventful day in my life !!
The Sydney Bridge climb has been in the Lonely Planet's top ten heart pounding experiences and I for one can vouch for that !!
I have a picture of myself on the summit which now hangs in my husband's office. Guess I never let him forget it :-) The climb takes you 134 metres over the Sydney Harbour to the summit and for more information stop by www.bridgeclimb.com

Photographs courtesy : www.bridgeclimb.com

8 comments:

Patricia Torres said...

You are kidding me... Thats some heart!! I could only stand below the bridge and watch the people on top...

or stand near the Opera house.. Its beautiful though..

Sudha said...

you are super cool ...!!!

AB said...

I want to do the climb now after reading your post -- sounds like something that would give me a rush!:)

Anuradha Varma said...

Thanks Patricia..it was definately exciting and the view was superb. You should try it sometime !!

Anuradha Varma said...

Thanks Sudha and AB for stopping by and your encouraging words :-)

Anuradha Varma said...

Arundhati ..I just realised its you :-)

madhu said...

If only I had known!!.....you certainly had me traumatised even after the climb. Your father was certainly thrilled and I was proud too after the initial shock .

madhu said...

You had me traumatised even after the event.But we certainly felt proud .

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