Would you step out on this transparent glass balcony situated on the 103th floor of the Sears Tower? [Amazing Photo of the Day]

I’ll be the first to admit I have a fear of heights. Not the type of “OH MY GOD I AM GOING TO DIE SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I FAINT AND FALL TO MY DEATH” type of fear, but I don’t do well when it comes being in close proximity of danger. So I highly doubt I would spend a very long time on the transparent balcony that is found on the 103th floor of the Sears Tower in Chicago, USA. Check it out:

Just looking at the photo makes me semi-dizzy.

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  1. Neil Berman

    That video of Jeff Corliss in a wingsuit was breathtaking. I didn’t know a person could glide in the air in a wingsuit and actually manuever in the air for over 3 minutes (at least in the video) before he actually landed. I watched several related vids linked to that site, including one where he almost got killed. And he said he will keep doing it!!!

    And for those that liked the video of the bulb-changer on top of an 1800 foot radio tower, I offer 2 more that you might like:
    One, where a climber goes up without the benefit of an elevator to bring him 3/4 of the way up, then he stands on an element that sticks out laterally from the central tower to make a repair;
    http://www.twittube.fr/video/AHe3mRo4jGw/awesome-view-from-radio-tower-climber-wearing-a-gopro-camera/

    The second video is of a crew trying to jockey a 6000 pound television antenna element into position and line up the 20-odd bolts that hold it on top of an already very high tower, said antenna being hoisted up with a crane
    http://www.twittube.fr/video/NSkfuzL9TjE/tv-tower-high-climb/

    And remember, in some of these shots there is another climber a few yards above taking the overhead shots looking down on the guy who is the subject of the video.
    Both of those should leave you a little light-headed — Enjoy!

  2. JonE

    @KMHamm: Now that I would do. To quote a current commercial, it looks like, “Great Fun!” And, you get to wear a parachute. Chris does cut things kinda close though, but then he’s probably been doing it a long time too.

    @clockmendergb: When I was a kid I used to climb to the very tippy top of trees, you know the parts that swayed in the beeze; no way I do that today. And in the military I would climb on top of aircraft, usually fighter jets, when the wind was really raising a ruckus, when no one else would, not sure I’d do that today either. But no way I’m climbing that tower without a chute, but then again it’s a long way up; I’d have to take a lot of breaks.

    Final conclusion; growing old sucks. Whoever coined the phrase “Golden Years” didn’t know what in the heck they were talking about.

  3. clockmendergb

    @JonE:
    Its amazing how getting older makes you more safety conscious doesn,t it.
    No way am I going to do something like that anymore.
    Being told what to do in the military was more than enough for me.
    Nowdays its sit back and watch the young bloods pull the stunts.
    Those guys have most definitely got machismo.
    My hat off to them.

  4. JonE

    @Neil Berman: What an amazing, awesome video; it’s amazing what you can find on the Internet.

    I’ve never feared heights and have climbed mountains, have worked at fairly elevated heights on different contraptions, and have even jumped out of perfectly good airplanes. I was a pretty adventurous young man, still am to a certain degree, but in my younger days I just may have been willing to climb that tower.

    But TODAY! No Way! I wasn’t even climbing that tower and had a pit in my stomach; no way to secure yourself while climbing. My hats off to those guys who do it; I trust that they are paid very well for it. I might climb it today if they let me wear a parachute. I know there is a reason for the buddy system when you’re doing something dangerous like that, but I can’t figure for the life of me what good that second guy does. Only thing I can figure is if the lead guy falls the other guy can finish the job; that’s not even funny.

    But, having worked around electrical and things that have to be climbed on, I did notice a safety violation; he’s wearing his watch. That’s a big No, No.

    WOW! What a great video. And I didn’t even have to pay for the ride. Thanks, for sharing.

  5. meldasue

    Not on your life! I wouldn’t even go to the 103rd floor (fear of elevators and fire). I have to cross a pedestrian bridge spanning the highway every day and that’s enough to induce panic. I don’t even like looking at this picture.

  6. JonE

    During my days of driving Tractor Trailer, there was this one particular bridge I had to drive over a couple times. To this day I can’t remember the exact highway, but I’m reasonably sure it was in the vicinity of Lake Havasu, Arizona.

    What I do remember is that this bridge was over a gorge and oh man it was hundreds of feet to the bottom; I mean a LONG way down. If that wasn’t exciting enough the bridge actually swayed as we went across it, and that was with a fully loaded trailer. I kept looking down and thinking, oh man that’s a long way down. Beautiful scenery.

    My wife rode with me at that time and while I thought it was great fun, my wife also has a fear of heights; the kind of fear that makes one go rigid, and she was petrified (scared stiff).

    Why is it when someone fears something they just can’t stop starring at it? She saw how far down it was and combined with the swaying of the bridge she couldn’t move and just kept starring down. I told her to stop looking at it and get back in the bunk; she nearly had to tear herself from looking at it, but refused to get in the bunk but wouldn’t shut her eyes and wouldn’t reopen them till I told her we were safely across.

    I’ve also jumped out of a perfectly good aircraft, in Germany; great fun. I’ve never done it again, but I would in a heart beat. It’s just a hobby I can’t afford.

    I would probably step out onto the Glass Balcony, just to say I’ve done it, but I’m not sure how long I would stand there; all man made things are prone to failure.

  7. fermier

    During the war I was obliged to parachute from a bomber, but just for fun as it were, not emergency. Would never do it again voluntarily, but found the experience of falling to be not unpleasant, there was no dizziness or disorientation. As you say, an unescorted landing is the nasty part should such transpire.