Suspended in the Himalayas

Suspension – the act of being suspended.

Suspend – to attach so as to allow free movement.

Literal sense – to cause to hang.

Example –Suspension bridges over the raging glacial rivers in the Himalayas.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s well known in my family that I’ve never been terribly good with heights, it’s not so much the heights but the edges, put me near the edge and my knees start to go to jelly.

I’m the one who hid in the back of the campervan years ago as we drove precariously high up in the Swiss Alps and I’m also the one who declined to go up the Leaning Tower when we were in Pisa, so it will probably surprise my family to know what I achieved on my trek in the Himalayas.

As you can imagine, when you’re going up mountains, it’s difficult to avoid edges and ledges and when you have a bridge slung from two of those edges, and it’s the only way to get where you’re going, you don’t have a lot of options. Add in the tendency these bridges have to sway when there is more than one person on them, the lack of concern in these areas for safety issues and the very real possibility of meeting donkeys or yaks half way across and you can imagine my nerves, particularly as we encountered the first one.

After two weeks and a couple of dozen of these bridges I’d like to be able to say that I was almost skipping across them by the end, but no, I just learnt to look straight ahead not down and to keep walking.

Would you feel safe on some of these?

The first bridge we were faced with

The first bridge we were faced with

Hmmm ...

Hmmm …

Does this look safe to you?

Does this look safe to you?

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24 thoughts on “Suspended in the Himalayas

  1. Not my cup-of-tea I´m afraid. I really would be afraid! It looks too dramatic in my opinion.
    Still, the pictures are nice if one doesn´t have to traverse the bridge. 🙂
    Best of greetings from Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself. 🙂

  2. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh, I would die! I would so be left behind! Good for you and this is priceless “I just learnt to look straight ahead not down and to keep walking” Great metaphor for life in general. Way to go!

  3. Woah love the pic with the dodgy wire! Very brave. I’ve crossed a few in Nepal on the Annapurna trek and when we lived at Mugling, so I understand your apprehension 😉

  4. Thanks – I thought I was brave too. I knew before I left home that I would have to face these bridges but to actually be confronted with them was a bit of a challenge 🙂 Where’s Mugling??

  5. I’ve crossed two. The first one was in South Africa at Monkey World. That will feature in my next book. The second was at the Last Resort in Nepal which featured in the book I’ve just published on Amazon. Did you cross that one?
    One of my party did a bungee jump off it, an invitation I less than politely declined.

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