Wet Sydney!!

Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
Trip End Mar 27, 2008

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Well - What a difference a day makes and what a change to the weather.  Woke up on Thursday morning to another cracker of a storm - thunder and lightening and torrential rain all day.  Today we were booked in to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.  This climb goes in all weather conditions, snow, rain, hail, sun - except thunder and lightening.  So throughout the day it was looking dubious as whether our climb would go ahead.  We were booked in for 5.25pm to do the twilight climb - going up in daylight and coming down at night time.  by late afternoon the rain had stopped and it had dried up but it was still very overcast.  We arrived at the bridge climb centre and the climb was going ahead.  At 5.25 our group of 12 climbers all met and we were firstly breathalised.  Anything over 0.05% and you are out - no climb and no refund.  Good job we had an early night the night before.!!!  Then we got dressed in the gear.  Very fetching ooutfits I have to say.  A grey jumpsuit and because of the weather conditions, waterproof trousers and jacket.  Then the harness goes on, along with a radio headset so the guide can talk to you.  Along with all the other bits and pieces that were attached to us, we were quite weighed down.  I felt like I was going diving instead of climbing!!!!   After that we has some practice sessions on climbing and put through our paces before actually hitting the bridge. Then it was out to the bridge.  It was still dry but overcast so it was looking good.  So up a few flights of stairs before was actually got on the bridge.  The Bridge Climb is the most sought after Sydney attraction. It takes you along the upper span of the arch on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.  The steady incline leaves you free to focus your attention on  Sydney city, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbour city surrounds. Even though it was overcast we still has really good views of the city.  Until October 1998 this Climb was strictly off-limits to the public. Today, over two million people, including many celebrities have climbed to the summit.

As we started our climb, it started to rain - again.  Then it blew an absolute gale and of course the higher we climbed, the windier it got.  But it did not deter from the climb, the views going up were spectacular and at the start a little stomach churning, when you realise just how high you are going. When reached the summit, we were twice as high as the Opera House below us.  !!! Then the descent saw the lights of the city being turned on and that was amazing.  Just watching the city coming to life at night.  So at 9.40pm we came back to terra firma, wet, shaken, tired but really exhilerated.  I had climbed 1400 steps, 134 metres up and had the climb off my life!!!!  Photos to follow.
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