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Old 11-07-05, 09:45 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon Skywalk anyone?

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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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.

More info here:
http://www.destinationgrandcanyon.com/skywalk.html

For those who think its an urban legend:
http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/skywalk.asp

Snopes Status = TRUE.

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Old 11-07-05, 09:54 AM   #2
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Ohmygosh.....I'm clinging to the ground just looking at the picture.
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that would be alot of fun
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Wonder if you can ride your bike over it?
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Wonder if you can ride your bike over it?
I'm thinking no, but god that would be ****ing cool. Take a video camera OMG that would totally pwn.
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Very nice design. With the shadow, it reminds me of the Mesa Verde cliff dwelling with the ladders in place.

Yeah, I got this off Snopes too, while checking out the most recent legends.

There is a similar skywalk at the Museum of Horror in Nüremburg, but it's only about 100 ft up. It takes you out over the floor of the Congressional building that thankfully that was never completed.
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To me, it's more exciting and real to stand on a precipice on Bright Angel Trail (or some other point) where the wind has a chance of blowing you off.

To be encased in glass wouldn't be as thrilling to me.
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Looks like another job for the monkey wrench gang to me.
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