It’s been nearly 10 years since I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but I still remember it vividly.
Every time I look at the bridge and see lines of people climbing it, following each other like tiny ants on a trail, I think back to that day. (Cue corny Hollywood-style memory montage).
I remember seeing my home city look more beautiful than I’d ever seen it before – the water in the harbour was bright blue, the Opera House was almost blindingly white, and even though we were hanging above a pile of traffic, almost all we could hear was the wind in our hair (and, let’s be honest, our hearts pounding in our chests – because yes, we may have been a LITTLE nervous).
I remember the exhilaration I felt on making it to the top. It was a bit like climbing the Everest, only much, much safer and easier. I didn’t need an oxygen tank. I didn’t even need to be particularly fit. But I did experience that triumphant feeling, the one you get when you’ve ticked something amazing off your personal bucket list.
My boss gave me the BridgeClimb as a reward. I went with a co-worker, who ended up becoming a good friend. Also in our group was a young couple.
“I bet he’s going to propose to me up there,” the young woman told us all before we went up.
Poor guy. No pressure. But in fact, he did propose. And she said yes – cue high fives all round.
It was nice of my boss to give me the BridgeClimb because it’s not something I would have bought for myself. I’ve gone up the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York, but you often don’t do that kind of things in your own city, do you?
And that’s the beauty of giving a BridgeClimb as a gift – it’s one of the few presents that will suit almost everyone in your life, from parents to spouses, friends and even the kids. It’s adventurous enough to appeal to adrenalin junkies, but it’s also gentle enough to be achievable for the height-phobic, or for people who aren’t super-strong. And it’s also great for pretty much any occasion, from birthdays and Christmases to anniversaries (or even proposals).