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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bridge to Nowhere (But Terror)

posted by on March 20 at 15:17 PM

I heard about this on the BBC as I was falling asleep last night (including a Native American woman speaking about how it is a desecration of a burial ground and its existence felt like knives poking into her very body). One may walk out in this thing and look down BETWEEN ONE’S FEET to the floor of the Grand Canyon FOUR THOUSAND FUCKING FEET BELOW. Nightmares ensued.


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again with the grand canyon cantilevered toilet seat.

this isn't in the NP, and it is native amurkins that are doing it, for cash. so much for the knives in your body. i feel that way when i look at every crap 8 pack townhouse being thrown up in seattle.

"you do it to yourself, yourself. you & no one else" - thom yorke

Posted by Max Solomon | March 20, 2007 3:21 PM

Okay but I would totally pay twenty bucks to walk out on that thing.

Posted by monkey | March 20, 2007 3:25 PM

Ditto. I think my legs would be Jello and my bowels would be liquefied by the time I made it back to the actual ground but that looks cool!

Posted by Chris B | March 20, 2007 3:27 PM

That's nothing. You want nightmares? Check out this.

Posted by E. Steven | March 20, 2007 3:42 PM

@3 LOL, and Ditto!
I hope video of this doesn't surface. Should be something to really experience.

Posted by about as extreme as i get | March 20, 2007 3:48 PM


Sadly, my first thought was, "that poor guy can't jack off."

My second thought was, "with hands like that he probably has a hard time finding anyone to jack him off."

Posted by monkey | March 20, 2007 4:01 PM

Bet you'll never eat crispy strips ever again.

On a related note, if you enjoy Chinese dumplings, never see the Fruit Chan film 'Dumplings'.

Posted by E. Steven | March 20, 2007 4:06 PM

It is owned by a tribe. $$$$$$$$$ mega.

Totally cool, but very scary.

Can I do it on all fours?

Posted by eric | March 20, 2007 4:11 PM

I'm into it. Too bad the one they build doesn't look half as cool as that illustration.

Posted by Dougsf | March 20, 2007 4:14 PM

the scary part: its FLOOR IS MADE OF GLASS....

Posted by andy niable | March 20, 2007 4:26 PM

the scary part: its FLOOR IS MADE OF GLASS....

Posted by andy niable | March 20, 2007 4:26 PM

but the steel beams that support that glass (more like lexan) floor are 4' deep & about 8' apart.

Posted by Max Solomon | March 20, 2007 4:31 PM

I would not walk out there, but I imagine it would be no different than going flying in a plane at four thousand feet.

Posted by lawrence clark | March 20, 2007 4:46 PM

There's no such thing as "Native American", only hundreds of different tribes. This thing is being built by the Hualapai, and if there's any graves nearby they are theirs. So what's this "Native American woman"'s beef exactly?

Posted by Fnarf | March 20, 2007 4:57 PM

And you know when you walk out there, there will be some jackass next to you jumping up and down as high as he can.

Posted by him | March 20, 2007 5:18 PM

It's going to become the #1 destination for people wanting to dramatically end their life. How could it not?!

Posted by DOD | March 20, 2007 5:46 PM

1) I would totally pay $20 to go walk out on that thing.

2) Am I an asshole for having very little sympathy for the Native American woman? I mean, sure, they were here first. Whitey pushed them off their land. Forced marches. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Generally speaking I respect the rights of Native Americans, and side with them when they conflict with the government. But really, I'm not seeing how this is like desecrating a burial ground. And "its existence felt like knives poking into her body" is so over the top it just makes me want to laugh.

3) While I would totally walk out on that thing, I confess I would probably have a death grip on the railing the whole time. And @15, if some jackass started jumping up and down next to me I would knock him out cold before he ever made it to his second jump. That shit is just not funny.

Posted by SDA in SEA | March 20, 2007 5:47 PM


In a fair world that dude would totally be able to climb walls like a gecko or punch through sheet steel or something.

Posted by John Lilburne | March 20, 2007 6:07 PM

Finally, we get to see what Will E. Coyote always saw.

Posted by DrewVSea | March 20, 2007 6:26 PM

I read about this awhile back. Apparently the architects that are designing it are worried that over a not too long period of time erosion will weaken the wall. I guess that makes it even scarier. Here's another article and another artistic rendition.

Posted by acrophobia | March 20, 2007 9:25 PM
Posted by acrophobia | March 20, 2007 9:29 PM

that makes me have to pee a little.

Posted by something else | March 20, 2007 10:08 PM

Sheesh, I realize fear of heights is a common thing, but do we really have this many nervous nellies? Or is it that only the fearful are motivated to comment? Because I know there are BASE jumpers in the Seattle area. But maybe they have more exciting things to do than read Slog. Personally, I always thought the most enjoyable part of skydiving was climbing around on the outside of the plane at altitude, but different strokes....

This isn't a new idea, either. The CN Tower has glass blocks in the floor you can walk on while looking down on Toronto.

If I ever get down that way I'll definitely take a stroll out on this thing. I'll be the guy jumping up and down next to you, too (and good luck taking a swing at me -- fear may make you strong, but it gives you lousy eye-hand coordination).

As for the controversy -- this was built on Hualapai Indian land, with their permission, with the hope that they would earn some income from it. So while there may be some First People who have problems with it, there are a whole bunch who not only are ok with it but actively helped get it built. Are they any less authentic, and are their feelings any less valid, than the "knives in the body" woman?

Posted by Joe | March 21, 2007 12:40 AM

Ooh, a new unit of measure. How many fucking feet are there to the average foot?

Posted by Gully Foyle | March 21, 2007 9:34 AM


I agree with you. But the entire desecrating sacred ground thing is getting really really old. But then I am an atheist so all religous beliefs are pretty much B.S.

Again, I ask that the great spirit, God or whatever strikes me down as I wipe my ass with toilet paper that has picture of Mohammad on it.

Posted by Andrew | March 21, 2007 10:19 AM

Joe, I can smell your testosterone from Minneapolis, and it's making me hard.

Posted by sniggles | March 21, 2007 10:26 AM

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