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I was offered the opportunity to abseil down Wirral's highest building, the ventilation shaft of one of the (many) Mersey Tunnels, it is 150 feet high. I have no fear of heights and it was also an opportunity to raise some money for Claire House Children's Hospice.

I turned up 8:45am on Sunday morning, transport courtesy of Mr Anthony Smith (Anthony) and I met Steve Aspinall (Stevieasp) both friends of mine, photographers and fellow ePHOTOziners, who took some on the ground photos.

Steve did the abseil the day before and lent me a couple of head cams on the day. It took 5 minutes or so to reach the top, via a lift and ladders and about the same time to come back down again! The views towards Liverpool, Birkenhead and Wallasey were spectacular.

OK this isn't one of my photos, but one I bought on the day and scanned in.

All comments very welcome indeed.

Andrew.

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Username:Andrew_Hurley Andrew_Hurley
Uploaded:16 Aug 2010 - 10:59 PM
Tags:Abseil, Andrew hurley, Birkenhead, Charity, Claire house, Coast, Coastal, Landscape / travel, Mersey, Mersey tunnel, Merseyside, People, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, River mersey, Riverside, Rope, Ventilation shaft, Waterfront, Waterside, Wirral, Woodside
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Anthony
Anthony  135645 forum posts Scotland17 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2010 - 11:20 PM

oh, you should have allowed mods, and I could have put mine up for you.

May I also point out, look to the left of Andrew's left ankle. The red blur, with a white bit, thats me..... he he

Anthony

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2010 - 12:28 AM

Wow! Aren't you the brave one. The views must have been awesome. You don't look the least nervous. Good for you!.........Sandy

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104233 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2010 - 8:48 AM

well done...I did some abseiling many many years ago....quite an adrenalin rush Smile

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2010 - 6:59 PM

All I can say is ---- well done! And you look as though you are having a thoroughly good time!

Sue

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Andrew_Hurley
17 Aug 2010 - 7:06 PM

Hi Anthony; You're right I should have allowed mods, I tried to go back and amend it, but the option wasn't there. Yeah that's Anthony, the sensible one at ground zero.

Thanks Sandy, no I wasn't nervous at all, I'd done the hardest part, going over the edge, it was downhill all the way after that; I soon got the hang of it once they showed me the ropes!

Thanks Jeff, It's certainly an experience I would like to repeat. There's an opportunity to abseil down the famous Liver Building next year, yes please!

Thanks Sue; yes I was beaming, the smile says it all. Well I always smile when I have my photo taken, even if dangling 150ft above the River Mersey by a thin piece of rope!

Andrew.

Last Modified By Andrew_Hurley at 17 Aug 2010 - 7:08 PM

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bromley-smith
22 Aug 2010 - 10:32 PM

Superb work Andrew, hope you raised a fortune.
Tony

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Hazel_SR
Hazel_SR  4 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2010 - 5:39 PM

Woo Hoo

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Genuinedabber
23 Feb 2011 - 10:07 PM

I abseiled down Rail House in Crewe (135' if I remember rightly) many years ago. The TA were in charge and my kids shouted to me as I appeared at the the top so they said I'd to stop halfway down, let go with both hands and wave to my kids. I said I couldn't but when I got halfway them held onto the top rope and would not let me go any futher until I did!!!! It was a great experience.

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