Hate heights, but love a rare view?

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So how good are you with heights? What about suspense films? Ok, yes all very confusing the film ‘Touching the Void’ was about scary falling climbers and it turns out that ‘Step into the Void’ is a drug inspired video.  However, which ever way you look at it the Aiguille du Midi’s new viewing platform will probably prompt your pulse to race.

The “Step into the Void” is a glass room built around a metal frame. Three glass walls, floor and ceiling panels, allow visitors to control their vertigo and experience 1035 meters of space under their feet in total safety! Admire the views from a dramatic perspective! Anyone with vertigo can step in, assured. It’s installed on the uppermost terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m).

Walk into the void

Walk into the void

Chamonix.net reliably tells us that each of these glass panels is custom built to the highest standards for safety and clarity. The five glass panels (12mm thick) consist of three layers of glass binded together. The structure can withstand winds of more than 220km/ h and a maximum temperature of 60°.

The construction has been designed by Pierre-Yves Chays and the work began on 19 September 2013.  The “Step into the Void” was inspired by the “Skywalk”, the huge glass walkway overlooking the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona.

Although operated by CMB, there isn’t much on their website about it yet, but I’ve seen that you need to wear slippers while inside it.  I’m intrigued to know if its an extra fee as I would imagine the queues will be rather longer to try it out.

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2 thoughts on “Hate heights, but love a rare view?

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