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Old 12-06-2005, 03:01 PM   #1
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Could you walk this!!!

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

Scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2006 Hualapai Indian Reservation
* Juts about 70 feet into the canyon, 4000 ft above Colorado River
* Will accommodate 120 people comfortably (how comfortable would you be)
* Built with more than a million pounds of steel beams, and includes dampeners that minimize the structure's vibration
* Designed to hold 72 million pounds, withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake 50 miles away, and withstand winds in excess of 100 mph
* The walkway has a glass bottom and sides...four inches thick
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August 26, 2005—Fear of heights? This is definitely no place for you.
The all-glass, balcony-like "Skywalk"--shown in an illustration released this week--will extend over the edge of the Grand Canyon, 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above the Colorado River.
"The Skywalk will be an attraction unlike any other in the world," said Sheri Yellowhawk, CEO of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. The company is building the bridge in the Hualapai Indian Reservation on the south rim of the canyon.
The Skywalk is scheduled to open to the public in January 2006 as part of a new resort on the reservation. The resort, known as Grand Canyon West, is to include a re-created Indian village and a restaurant perched on the edge of the canyon. Tourism is the reservation's biggest source of income.
Grand Canyon West will be on the western edge of Grand Canyon National Park, about 120 miles (about 200 kilometers) from Las Vegas. But perhaps not even the Las Vegas Strip's over-the-top attractions will be a match for this glass-bottom walkway over the world's biggest gorge.

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Old 12-06-2005, 03:14 PM   #2
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Yeah... the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was the most incredible piece of enginieering to date too, as was the Titanic... and what was the hotel with the skywalks that fell during a big reception? Need I go on?

I think I'll let someone else try it out for a while before I go strolling out into thin air.

I thought only pirates made people walk the plank!

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Old 12-06-2005, 03:31 PM   #3
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In an odd way, it's reassuring to see that when it comes to making a few bucks, our Native American friends are as disrespectful of nature as the rest of us. Looks like the Grand Canyon on Viagra. Phooey! 2
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Old 12-06-2005, 05:44 PM   #4
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My second cousin knows a guy whose ex-brother-in-law's sister knows the uncle of the engineer who designed this. The engineer says it was designed for only 118.3 people.

He suggested it would be prudent if folks walking out on the thing could rent parachutes, but the resort owner thought that would be tacky and slightly off-putting.

Or so I heard...
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:37 PM   #5
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Old 12-06-2005, 07:07 PM   #6
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except for the lack of privacy, a convenient place to go potty
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Old 12-06-2005, 07:33 PM   #7
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C'mon Ches it would be like riding a bucket down.
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Old 12-06-2005, 08:01 PM   #8
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not on my life would i get on that ...
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Old 12-06-2005, 08:19 PM   #9
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Not a problem. Hey, the fall wouldn't kill you ...no way.

..........................It's the sudden stop.
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:02 PM   #10
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I think i'd not like that too much
I know that I want my feet on
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:04 PM   #11
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Internet Hoax? Or has this been confirmed?
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:07 PM   #12
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Ooops I just read Donna's link.....but I am left wondering about the engineering of the project. From the artist's rendering it does not look possible unless the structure is under fake rock.
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:09 PM   #13
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Nope, appears to be legit. See Donna's link at the bottom of her first message.
My post could be a hoax, but not Donna's.
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:23 PM   #14
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I guess what bothers me most about stuff like this, 21st Century engineering expertise notwithstanding, is the Southwest is littered with huge monolithic monuments and cliffs of all kinds ... and at the bottom of every one of them is a humungous rubble pile. Now, we can figure the "rubble" pile used to be the cliff, so .....
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