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Report - Runcorn-Widnes Bridge, Merseyside

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by snappel, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. snappel

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    I first looked at this in 2004, and with a mate we gave it a recce but were not all that serious about it. Two years later and I had some cranes under my belt, I'd discovered the wider UE scene and my attention turned back to it. But still it seemed too audacious, too big, too... mental? I'd pestered a couple of people to join me, and although reluctant I knew if pushed they'd do it. But I knew I'd feel guilty if we got caught and they got screwed.

    Another year later, after seeing stepping lightly's bridge reports, I knew that he would have made all these decisions in his own mind before. So I mentioned it to him by PM last week and then promptly forgot about it. So imagine my surprise when I get back from a curry and some beers, ready for bed, and a PM is in my inbox: "let's do it tonight!". WTF?

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    An hour later and I'm introducing myself to the legendary stepping lightly. On the drive there we chat about various explores done and potential ones for the future, but soon enough we're within sight of the bridge. Not wanting to get too close in the car we pull off and continue on foot.

    Without going into too much detail about the ascent, it was tricky, I can say that much. Once up on there, via ferrata took us up to the top. It didn't take too long, but I was wary about being spotted. Silly really, as it was dark wet and horrible.

    Reaching the top it almost felt unreal. We'd done it! Crouched by the red light at the top was SL, already getting some snaps. I joined him, amazed at the view, just wishing it wasn't raining. Ten photos or so taken, and we were heading back down, absolutely elated. To pull off something like this, having 3 years ago gazed at it and thought 'Imagine that...' just gives me such a sense of achievement.

    Thanks to SL for driving and general bridge-conquering expertise!

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