Fear of Heights

I had to laugh at these two strategically placed signs at the very top of the Olympic ski jump above Oslo: “No exit” and “Fire Exit”.

Handwritten No Exit signFire Exit sign at top of ski jump

Knowing how much she hates heights, I got the feeling this would be one of Clara Mackintosh’s least favourite places. If there were a fire, at least she could “fold” her way out rather than open the doors and leap out. I confess I struggled a bit too, until I pictured myself climbing the steps up to a Soyez rocket on my first mission to the International Space Station rather than preparing to jump off a ninety metre hill.

long way down

Good practice for astronaut training as well as making me see Eddie (the Eagle) Edwards in a whole new light. It’s a long way down…
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~ by keithmansfield on May 11, 2008.

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