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There seems to be an element of risk

in everyday living these days.

However, it is not every day that one gets…

to pat a cheetah…

…although she sowed some sign

of not being happy with one traveller.

Standing under a 6 ton 30-year-old elephant

has some risk involved.

The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Peak2Peak Gondola Ride

has travellers sailing at a minimum

of 1,400 feet above ground

with only a piece of wire holding things together.

Admittedly a rather larger piece of wire.

 

The riskiest part of any flight

is take off and landing.

 

 

And flying over Alaska’s wilds

one always hopes the risk of

engine failure is minimal.

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The most recent above below shots I have come from…the Peak2Peak Gondola Ride

between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains

Destination Blackcomb

Below the cables at Whistler….

and above those running up Blackcomb.

Arriving here we had just completed a ride in

the longest unsupported span between two cable car towers

of 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles),

and at a height of 436 metres (1430.45 feet)

it is the highest cable car above ground.

And that is where we came from and our return destination.

Again, below the Blackcomb cables

and above the cable running up the side of Whistler.

And should the cables all break there is

a smooth 1400 foot fall to terra firma,

which I  do not want to experience.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: From-Above-and-Below

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-18July22

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Odd Ball

2018

July 22

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My first Odd Ball post for a while.

As we alighted our cable car on Whistler Mountain…
this caught my eye.

Even it June it was useful and I suspect

it would be in  high demand during winter.

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odd-ball

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I am going with the long journey definition of ‘epic’

this week…and even then I’m not sure…

And I ask all readers to allow for the fact that

this was only Day 2 of our journey and

that this author saw ice at the top

of Sulphur Mountain (Banff) in July 1976;

drove along roads where it had snowed in June 1982,

and has never seen the white stuff since.

The journey I speak of is the

Peak2PEak Gondola Ride

up Whistler and across to Blackcomb Mountain.

After reading  my first statement you can see why

I thought this a magnificent sight.

However, the longest part of the journey was still to come,

with just under four and a half (4.4) kilometres,

or 2.73 miles, of cable between Whistler and Blackcomb

and no supporting towers in between, you left

gliding along some 1,427 feet above the valley floor.

And it appears much steeper when commencing

the return journey.

This is the longest, and highest,

unsupported length of cable in the world.

But descend among the clouds we did

and still marvel at the height and length

of this journey.

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Pic and Word Challenge: Epic