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Report - Newport Bridge, Middlesbrough 15/11/07

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by LittleMike, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. LittleMike

    LittleMike Do. Find. Drains.
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    After doing High Royds earlier in the day we drove up to Middlesbrough for one of the major targets of our trip. Anybody that has driven along the nearby A19 will no doubt have spotted the awesome structure standing out against the skyline.

    Shameless wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tees_Newport_Bridge

    Over the past few weeks good news had been gradually trickling in from Brickman's reccys and we were confident that all was going to go smoothly. We pulled up to the bridge early evening for a group recce and to finalise our route. It seems luck was on our side, one of the carriageways was shut, and the bridge lights were turned off making our job much easier! Feeling happy we headed back to Brickman's house for some food and a couple of hours sleep.

    Kitted up in black at silly o'clock in the morning we approached the bridge. There wasn't a soul to be seen and traffic on the bridge was down to one car every minute or two. On the way up the shear size of the structure becomes apparent, the huge chains, cables and counter weights that looked slightly modest on the ground were simply breathtaking from close up.

    At the top the 74 year old structure is sadly beginning to show signs of wear, with the floor beginning to rust in places. We spent a good couple of hours relaxing and taking photos, being careful to tread only where girders ran underneath the floor. It was probably ok, but it didn't look to great and I didn't fancy the 182ft fall.

    Finally, the sky began to lighten, and the early rush hour traffic was slowly beginning to build beneath us. We were about halfway through our descent when a car skidded onto the nearby roundabout crashing through onto the centre section. For what seemed like an eternity we tried to stay still, nicely silhouetted against the night sky whilst the police did their business only a couple of hundred meters away. Eventually they cleared off and we continued to the bottom.

    When we reached the final section of ladder, Dempsey went first, followed by me and Brickman a minute or two later. I waited for a nice big gap in the traffic then dropped to the ground, only to nearly land on a cyclist that was travelling along the path. I waited a few meters away and turned around just to watch Brickman do exactly the same! So much for a covert exit! He casually said "Hi" to the cyclist and we walked off laughing :)

    All in all a top fun explore! Thanks to Dempsey for persuading me to do these mad things and Brickman for his work reccying the site!

    I tried shooting in RAW for the first time, definitely nicer white balance results, even if Demps does seem to think it's cheating!

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