Thursday, 16 August 2018

Bridge Climb Sydney

 I dreamed of climbing the Sydney Bridge, since watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's movie "Our Lips Are Sealed". I can't believe that movie came out 18 years ago ! I wasn't coming home without climbing the Sydney Bridge, so I booked online using my travel card. That was the one advantage, of having a travel card. If I used my bank card, there's a fee on transactions abroad.

I booked for 9am, so I got up early and stopped for a quick McDonald's on route to the Bidge Climb. I headed into the Bridge Climb and said my name. We were told to head up stair. Once everyone from our time slot arrived a team member from the Bridge Climb took us to a room, where she went over everything. We were given medical forms to fill out and we had do a breath test to counting to 5. Then we went had to get the famous Bridge Climb suit to put on. 


I took a photo of myself and asked someone in the group to take a photo of me. The changing rooms is a good chance to get some "personal" photos wearing the Bridge Climb suit, before putting your things in a locker. Then we had to walk through metal detectors.  

We then met our Bridge Climb guide, called Tom. He asked where everyone was from. I was the only Scottish person in the group. Everyone else was from England, Ireland, America and Australia. There was a lot of safety stuff we had to go through, before doing the climb. We had to put a harness on and attach it to the pole, then lean back. Once our harness was on, we got a shot at climbing a frame inside before doing the real thing. It must have took around an hour going through safety checks and getting ready.  

Then it was time for us to head out onto the bridge. I remember walking out thinking I've always dreamed of climbing the bridge and this is it. We had to connect our harness to the pole and follow Tom the guide. There was a long path we had to follow and a few ducking under poles, before getting to the stairs. We had headphones, so we could hear Tom speak. He said we didn't have to wear them, if we didn't want to. So I put mine round my neck, so I could enjoy the climb. One person was allowed up at a time, to climb the stairs. Tom headed up first and waited for us at the top, while another Bridge Climb guide waited at the bottom telling us when it was safe to go. I remember the Bridge Climb guide saying "so where are you from ?". I replied "Scotland".  He said he had family from Scotland and gave him his history on Scotland. Then it was my turn to climb the steps. There was a few sets of steps to climb. The next set was to the right abit, then the next set was to the left. I remember getting so far up and looking up, then down thinking am on my own. I loved reaching the last few steps on the ladder and burling round. It was like scene from "Our Lips Are Sealed" movie turning round seeing the view. 


Our first photo was at the start of the walk, once we reach the top of the ladder steps. Tom told us to do 3 different poses, although I find it hard to pose when it's someone you don't know. The climb wasn't scary. It was more or less a walk way path, built at the top of the bridge. We stopped at different sections for photos. Once we got to the top, we got a group photo and Tom chatted with everyone. Tom asked if anyone knew anyone famous who's climbed the bridge. I said Mary-Kate and Ashley. He named a lot of people I hadn't heard of, so I assume its celebrities in Australia. The only person I knew of, was Bindi Irwin. He said Bindi Irwin had been up recently, with her friends. Then he pointed over the water is to Manly And Bondi Beach is. He asked if anyone heard of the Bondi Rescue and said he was surprised it's showing international. Then we stood along the middle section and got to make a short video. If I was making my own video I would have probably said "hi everyone so am doing the Sydney Bridge Climb". As Tom the guide was filming, I was nervous what to say. I said I don't know what to say. He said say something like welcome to Sydney. So I stood randomly saying "Welcome to Sydney".


We walked back down the other side of the bridge. The walk is in a "U" shape.  Then we headed back down the ladder steps one at a time. It was the same guide as the person who told us when to go up. He said something about Scotland. I just heard the word "Scotland" and he laughed, so I laughed. Then it was my turn to climb down the steps. 

We headed back along the long path, back inside. Then we took our harness and suit off. Everyone was given a group photo and a certificate. The whole experience took about 2 and a half hours, but the Bridge Climb took around an hour and a half.

There's 3 different prices for the climb. Day Climb costs $303, Twilight Climb costs $368 and the Night Climb costs $263. I choose to do the Day Climb, as I wanted to see the views. Night you are seeing lights, but depends on your preference. The Sydney Bridge Climb is a once in a life time, so am glad I done it.  A lot of people get shocked when you tell them how much it costed, but it's not like you will do it again. My Australian family joked I could have climbed their house roof, for 100 dollars haha. 

The Bridge Climb gave me the photos, to write about my experience. You can buy your Bridge Climb photos, for $60.

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