Stories tagged with rappel

December 2012

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All we need is time to breathe
/ Australia
This is the one-hundredth post on Adventure Worldwide. If you'd asked me, when I started the website two and a half years ago, if I could've predicted where I'd be writing the hundredth post and what would've happened in the interim, then I wouldn't have even tried to answer you.

April 2010

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London to Latvia (and everything in between) - Part 1
/ Belgium
A good while before I ever took the kind of photos that appear on these pages I spent a lot of time riding various kinds of bicycle in places I shouldnt, which is how I came to feel so comfortable with the idea of trespassing, and the realisation that a good majority of the better places to spend ones time are, officially, off limits.

October 2009

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Slinging the Red Hook
/ USA
Many had been there to explore the various floors and loading bays; many had taken photos. Eric though had other ideas for the Red Hook grain terminal, voiced with intermittent laughter as he threw various rope equipment onto his apartment floor. Crucially there was a 200ft rope, a harness, some slings and then ascenders.
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Into the belly of the beast
/ Canada
A vertical ladder took me up beneath a hinged steel lid, apparently devoid of locks. Shoulder to the cool metalwork I pushed, swinging the grill upwards and then letting it fall open. Stepping upwards one last time I clambered out of the misty darkness and emerged onto the main turbine hall floor. The method had worked.
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Confluence
/ Canada
Standing near the top of Horseshoe Falls, for the time being just another tourist, I watched the waters never-ending procession with unease. A gigantic cloud of mist and a terrifying persistent rumble completed an experience like no other I can think of, but one that would later that night be completely surpassed.

September 2009

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Through the supply line
/ USA
Through the trees we could see the shape of the High Bridge. This mass of steelwork was built to ferry the old Croton Aqueduct across the river, carrying millions of gallons of water down into Manhattan from the Croton River. Long since disused, we sought a way in to investigate this curiosity.

August 2009

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Sur la route - Part 2
/ Belgium
The bus ride from Paris meant that ropes and the necessary kit to rope into a hole as big as this had had to be left behind. And now there was nothing but frustration peering down forlornly at the base of the shaft where unfinished metro tunnels disappeared in two directions.

September 2008

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The Chamber of Horrors
/ Wales
Coming shortly was what the passage is more-or-less famous for: 'the bridges'. And 'bridges' is in inverted commas for the simple reason that most of the 'bridges' aren't really bridges anymore. It's at times like this that you have to keep your brain in gear. If you become lazy, complacent or slack then mistakes will be made.

July 2008

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Standing on the shoulder of a giant
/ England
Pushing the pain in my leg from my head I began working my way upward, shutting out also, as much as I could, the fear. This wasn't like the ladder-climbed chimneys of earlier adventures: here it was faith only in the woven nylon and the aged and weary concrete to which it was attached.