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I did it!

By Andrew_Hurley
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.


Tags: Photo journalism Charity People Coast Waterfront Merseyside Mersey Wirral Coastal Rope Mersey tunnel River mersey Birkenhead Riverside Waterside Landscape and travel Portraits and people Abseil Woodside Andrew hurley Ventilation shaft Claire house

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Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
16 Aug 2010 11:20PM
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


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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
17 Aug 2010 12:28AM
Wow! Aren't you the brave one. The views must have been awesome. You don't look the least nervous. Good for you!.........Sandy
cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 28 Northern Ireland
17 Aug 2010 8:48AM
well done...I did some abseiling many many years ago....quite an adrenalin rush Smile
Suehh 10 39 6 England
17 Aug 2010 6:59PM
All I can say is ---- well done! And you look as though you are having a thoroughly good time!

Andrew_Hurley 11 71 73 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 7:06PM
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!

22 Aug 2010 10:32PM
Superb work Andrew, hope you raised a fortune.
Hazel_SR 7 13 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2010 5:39PM
Woo Hoo
23 Feb 2011 10:07PM
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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