The Old Dog Travels: Vertigo Challenge With a Great Trip to a Wobbly Bridge!

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Do you suffer from vertigo? Why not challenge yourself on a Tibetan Bridge!


The bridge, while safe, will challenge your vertigo limits! That's me in the distance!

The Tibetan Bridge "Carasc"

Two weeks ago my son and I decided to experience the thrill of crossing one of the longest Tibetan bridges in Switzerland. It is found above the town of Monte Carasso which is not too far from Bellinzona in the Canton of Ticino.

Facts About The Bridge

  • It connects the hill of Sementina to the one above Monte Carasso. 
  • The bridge measures 270 metres in length and is suspended 130 metres above the creek below. 
  • The walkway is comprised of  boards, a safety wire mesh on the sides and has a cable a handrail.

Getting There

From Monte Carasso you can either take a Cable car or a shuttle bus part way up. Once you get to the starting point you'll have about a 45 minute walk to the bridge.


Walking through the woods was both relaxing and exciting because we kept anticipating seeing the bridge!


We were thankful that there was some clean spring mountain water along the route!


Was the bridge going to be around the next bend? The anticipation was getting to us!

Finally There it Was!


Finally we were in sight of the object of our desire!


It was fun crossing it and also watching others as they struggled to overcome their jitters. While we were there a couple of people gave up after getting part way and ended turning back. One women ended up paralyzed with fear at about the 1/3 point. She was still there after we left the area but her husband was coaxing her on! 


Here you can see that the sag in bridge is quite pronounced. It sways a bit while walking and some "passengers" like to rock it a bit and freak the others out!


Here's another shot showing almost the full length of the bridge.


This video shows how the bridge was constructed. I wonder how they did it in olden times!

Other Things to See Near the Bridge

 There is a beautiful housing cluster in Curzútt, which features stone buildings, gardens, and the terraced hills are planted with fields of grain and vineyards. The town has recently undergone a 6 million franc restoration and it gives you a feel for life in the ancient past.  


This shot showing the typical stone roofs is from myswitzerland.com


A closer view of the type of structure is quite common in Old Ticino! So Cool!


There was no shortage of interesting structures to see along the paths!

Some Things to Discuss

  • Do you suffer from vertigo?
  • Have you ever crossed a Tibetan style bridge?
  • If not would you like to?
  • Do you enjoy this type of exciting and cultural hiking?


I hope that you enjoyed this "Vertigo Challenge With a Great Trip to a Wobbly Bridge!"


Until next time,


@kus-knee (The Old Dog)

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I crossed some pretty scary bridges like that during my stint in the Himalayas a long time ago.

All that wooden planking to walk on, and the fencing on the sides, would have been very comforting :-)

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@onceuponatime,
I could imagine how you feel that! When I got that kind of experience I had to use both legs and hands to cross the bridge! (That's my 4 wheel drives)
I didn't look down... coz I won't be the craziest among other hikers :D

I would love to do this! I have a rush for things like this. I don't believe I have ever suffered from vertigo, but if I have I did not realize it!

I feel like I would be of the group to shake the bridge and freak the others out.

I wonder if that lady is still only 1/3rd of the way done with the bridge!

Speaking of bridges, I have a younger brother who is named Bridge. He is the connecting piece in our family! He is the calming one compared to me, the high strung, nutty one!

Here he is with a monster fish he caught recently with his friend!

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wow, that's a goldfish )) it is a lot of soup to weld ))

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Yes lots of soup!

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What an amazing name your brother has! Nice catch too!

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Thank you! There are 8 kids in my family and we all have interesting names! I am going to do a post about it soon! The name fits him so well!

@kus-knee,
I love that place! OMG it seems like a dream... Once I was crossed that kind of bridge at my country. I had to use my legs and also my hands (4 wheel drives lol :D) to cross that bridge. This post reminds me those memories.

I wish one day I could be here and if I do, all credits will go to @kus-knee!

Thanks for sharing this amazing experience with us!

Cheers~

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Hahhaha 4 wheel drive. I know what you mean!!!!!

I was really impressed with the video about the construction....especially the guys laying down the planking...man!!! Definitely not a regular 9 - 5 job...

OMG! This is amazing! And no need to go to Tibet!
I'm lucky, don't suffer from vertigo but careful enough. If I knew this was safe, I would go along this bridge. Sometimes I would stop, and photograph the amazing view. Sometimes I would jiggle on this bridge, to test the nerves of other people (oh, no, it's just a joke :)))
We have no such bridges, but have a zip-line, which is in my bucket-list:

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Yes you should try the zip line. I tried one a couple of years ago and it was FUN!

That actually looks super frightening!

Looks so high! Is thay even safe? Would love to try that one! Placing it on my bucket list! 😊 thanks for sharing @kus-knee! Love it! Would recommend thay to my mom to coz she has vertigo, and believe me, its really not a great feeling. Also hard to see them suffer when they get attacks. Again, thanks!

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Yes not everyone can do it but most seem to be able to. I felt very safe.

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There was a wonderful bridge in Switzerland.
You will have a thrilling experience.
Good information Thanks.

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Thanks to you!

Cool! I think it's an incredible feeling and really challenge myself. I would not be able to overcome her fear of heights. I shiver in knees are afraid of heights. But this bridge is pretty cool stuff.

And what an effort it cost people and technology to create such an incredible masterpiece.

Thank you @kus-knee for sharing with us photos and videos. Very interesting post!

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I am also afraid of heights but I did it!

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You are a big fellow!

I've been there and even if I don't suffer a lot of vertigo I have to say that it was challenging! It's a great thing that they did, it kind of integrate very well with the environment and it's very attractive. People get there mainly for the bridge but they discover a beautiful surrounding! I totally like this kind of hiking because it's not just getting from a point to another, but it's getting there for a reason!

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I was sure that you had been there. It was a great day, a great visit and like you said very purposeful. In the future I would like to do more hiking!

Vertigo!!! What's that? I'd have loved it more if this bridge didn't had any side-fencing or hand-rails for support. That would have given me more stomach jolts 😜

Perhaps more than vertigo, people fear their belief in equating phrases like crossing of a bridge to death. Is it true, when a Tibetan Terrier crosses a bridge, he never return back? I dunno but probably the term rainbow bridge originated from such sayings and they are ingrained deep in many people resulting in untold fears.

But I'd really enjoy crossing such a bridge. What a beautiful surrounding and a perfect weather ...it must be fun being high up on the bridge there!

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Yes it was a nice day and great to spend it with my son!

I had vertigo and my fear of heights kick in just looking at that first photo, lol! I can't imagine walking across that! How old is your son? That seems quite daring for both of you! Also these views are stunning! I might have to kick my fear of heights in the butt just to see that ;)

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My son is 17 and I am also afraid of heights. I felt secure on the bridge though!

Love that place!
Went there a few months ago... next time I take a beautiful selfie!
I don't suffer vertigo... yeah... I can stand there days, weeks, months... :-)
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Hey my favorite mannequin! Glad that you got to see the bridge, plus it's very close to where you make pesto and watch tennis! I know that YOU could stand there for a long long time!

Since you lost your job you've got a lot of time to do stuff and you're enjoying life more!

Keep blogging @steemitri, I'm convinced that you'll be a Steemit Star!

WOW, I'm not sure if I would be able to walk this bridge since I developed some freight of heights over the years, although not major, but still. 15 years or so ago, I was offered to walk the top of the bridge in Sydney Australia, but decided not to do it. Similarities with this bridge. Looks wonderful though. I shall try and visit this place next time I'm in Switzerland.

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I am also afraid of heights but I felt secure and I enjoyed it very much!

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I can imagine you enjoyed! It is on my list to do now for sure!

OMG! I'm not sure she would dare to go through this bridge. Otherwise, nice! :)

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It's an adventure!

He he - are you in Tibet now or Switzerland - shake your bones from the bridge Sir

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Hmm let me check! I'm leaving for Germany on Monday though!

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Cool, where you go? I leave for Bulgaria on Thursday

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The Black Forest area.

I do not have vertigo problem. I can walk the bridge without any problem.

Crazy place!

They popped out to me, so I should say it...

Even though the side webbing seems good, and a reasonable height, those bolts on the wooden walkway should be countersunk/bored. We cannot predict the way someone might trip while holding or not holding the rail, G-d forbid.

I don't understand the thought process they used... It may be that someone should be advised... Do you know the name of the organization/gov't who owns it?

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At the end of the video on how they built it you'll see all of the info on the builders and owners. The Swiss are not a
humble lot though.

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Excellent, thanks. Though I'm somewhat of an ignoramus and I probably sounded less humble than you say they are!, I just emailed the architect... Filippini and Partner (info@filippini-ing.ch)

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Great! keep me posted!

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If they reply, I sure will let you know. I asked them if there was some reason for them being that way, that I don't see...

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You have me curious! You and I are too practical and have too much hands on experience for architects.

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While it's true we often use a tool or something and think how it should be different, this particular problem seems too obvious to miss for a designer/architect/engineer, SAFETY engineer, etc! I'm thinking there is something I must be missing. Though if they don't reply, I will reconsider, lol!

Were you conscious of the bolts at all?

I like it very much. I have been there in August 2016 with my wife. Nice post!

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Beautiful pictures, but I couldn´t cross this bridge, cause I suffer from vertigo.
I would be much to jittery.

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You could still go and take a look at it!

great stuff found your blog today! wanna visit this place too

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so far so good, I encounter no problem, aside from its fees... I think they have a lot of fees but their support team is solving it making it easier to use and eliminating unnecessary steps. I think some of the fees will be eliminated as well soon

This bridge is just ridiculous :D I´ve crossed some Tibetan bridges already but never one like this, but would like to do so as I love such small adventures :)

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It is really neat to see and cross such bridges!

we have a bridge like that not far from here too, and I have NEVER walked it ;)

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Maybe it's time to go! It might inspire your art to even higher levels!

I am scared of heights so that brdge is no no for me.

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You need to get your dad to take to this one in Vancouver. It's a little paradise even if you don't cross the bridge.

https://www.capbridge.com/

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Yes, dear bro. I need to take kids to such sights, at least near ones. I am not only learning how to steem from you but how to live and enjoy life too my Brother. Thanks a lot, you are great!!

Dude you travel to some amazing places!

All I can think about when I see that bridge is the scene in "Indiana jones and the temple of doom"

For years I have had back problems self inflicted from being overweight, but I am fixing them and the problems have got much better, I hope to be able to explore further afield very soon:)

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It's good to know that you are working on your health. Good for you! I had back problems for many years and then I did 10 sessions of Rolfing and 10 of Osteopathy and I've had zero problems for 15 years!

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Thanks mate, I am glad you managed to get your back fixed! Its a right pain isn't it! I got sick of having to keep saying to my girlfriend "I need to sit down" does not help when we both like the great outdoors and I constantly needed to sit down.

Strangely I bought some memory foam shoes and they seemed to help? I can now walk for much longer and that's helping me lose weight.

Thank you for sharing some of the amazing places you visit:)

Oh my, oh my, oh my!! That bridge looks like a terrifying slide in the first picture! I don't really have vertigo but would pause before trying that!

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It's actually nothing so difficult. I am terrified of heights but I felt secure....although I didn't linger!

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I bet you didn't risk running either though!!!

Nice ! I have been there with my wife last year during a road trip in CH, beautiful place :)

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Great to know! So you were near where I live!

Wow that is a huge bridge. Resteemed :-)

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Thanks so much!

@kus-knee, I do suffer a bit of vertigo/anxiety, your photos sent a pulse of anxiety down my body and into my feet, now they feel like I'm sweating.

I think I could still tackle your bridge, even with the obvious challenges. For me, I fear the sense of infinity the most. Your bridge isn't too high and I can see where it ends. I think I could make the crossing.

Wow, now I feel better. Weird charges of adrenaline ever since I went skydiving.

I really enjoyed the cultural aspects of the hike. I love old buildings that have been preserved. The oldest houses we see here in the colonies are circa 1730's or so.

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You went skydiving. Now that I could never do!

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I can honestly say that I was fearless until the day after I went skydiving. Since then, my inner gyroscope has been off a bit.

I have vertigo, but I imagine crossing a bridge like that would be nerve-wracking even if I didn't. I'm sure I could do it just fine, as I'm not afraid of heights and enjoy risky adventures. I'd love to travel someplace like this. The world is full of amazing sights and experiences:)

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You'd probably love it. Are there any suspension bridges near you? There is one even nicer in Vancouver.

Thanks for sharing! That's one more thing to add to my bucket list!

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How many things are on your list?

Wow, an intense experience for sure, especially if you're scared of heights.
Building rope bridges were something we did as boy scouts. Not that height or length and way more wobbly. ;-)

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You know how to do a lot of things! Could you still do a rope bridge. I'd love to do that!

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Yeah, I'll try most anything, once. lol
Even now, I can surely build several types given the materials. We built them in the boy scouts to earn various merit badges.
Construction starts with making an 'X' lashing poles with rope for elevation and suspension support:

Monkey Bridge

Or a more stable less wobbly version with poles to step on.

Could you do this kus-nee?
What if your favorite treat was on the other side of the raging creek?

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The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!

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A couple options come to mind. Become a boy scout leader and live vicariously.
Or take my approach stretch into old age doing Yoga and Qi Gong. ;-) Or maybe Tai Chi Chuan smooth and flowing, as Bruce Lee said: "be like water". Remember Master says: If you stop moving they bury you. lol

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Great answer. Funny and TRUE!

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Thank you @kus-knee. I am encouraging you to move.
These eastern practices are about focusing on the breath and being self-reflective as you move. And they have been proven effective over millennia.

I love the little village, but I wouldn't go over that bridge if you paid me! I love hiking and outdoorsy stuff, but I think I'd rather be dangled over a piranha tank than walk across that bridge!

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Wow really. You could still enjoy the hike and the village!

Old Dog that is freakin amazing. I imagine this would be a bridge, where the taller you are, the more frightening it becomes.

The mountains are gorgeous, reminds me of where are ancestors settled in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, where stone houses were also not uncommon.

Thanks for sharing! @roused

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You're right, the taller people are less protected! I've been the Smokey Mountains a few times. Beautiful!

Great trip my friend @kus-knee! I'm afraid of heights and yet I would really like to be there! Thank you for pleasure to travel with you! I invite you to the festive square of my historic Lviv.
https://steemit.com/colorchallenge/@olga.maslievich/welcome-to-visit-with-me-on-the-festive-tourist-area-of-lviv-golden-knight-stands-in-the-guard-of-the-city

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Thanks for coming!

Mi sento male solo a guardarlo questo ponte! Il video sulla costruzione è stupendo: l'uomo riesce a gareggiare con la natura in modo davvero fantastico (certe volte.....non sempre!).

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Yes it was great to see.

For me this bridge would not be the most important reason to go with. I have high altitude and not too tight.

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It would be great for your photography!

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Yes, but the fear would be greater

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Thanks for the visit and the resteem!

Awesome pictures. This type of adventures fills us with unforgettable emotions. I congratulate you @kus-knee

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Yes it was fun!

Sounds like a great adventure! Will book my tickets soon :)

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Lots to see and do here!

I don't suffer vertigo..but I don't know if i will walk upon this bridge...
But is very nice to see it in your picture!
The village is really cool!
Congrats for the blog!

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Thanks so much for your visit and your comment!

Of course they are safe...until they are not! No way am I even getting near that!!!!

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Imagine the photos that you get get there!

That looks amazing, another place to add to my list of places to visit when I go to Switzerland. I definitely suffer from mild vertigo, but I enjoy going across bridges, especially with the views you can usually when on them. Nice pictures!

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If your vertigo is mild you'd probably still make it!

This bridge is made for my bike ohoho. At the end, I will probably die, but whatever.

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Hmmm, there were no signs about bikes not being allowed!

OMG man, that bridge is insane! Great photos as usually!

We have one of those not too far from where I now live. It's not near as long, however. The first photo is fantastic. Whoever took that has what I call 'great perspective.'

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The one and only @peter-parker!

It was fun crossing it.. I was scared just looking at the pics! :)

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Thanks for coming along!

That's surely not for Fainted heart person for sure :O

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Actually it was easier than I thought.

Yeah, I can see why someone might turn back or be paralyzed with fear...especially if there are some that are swaying the bridge. My palms got a little sweaty just thinking of being out on that bridge!

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It is a bit scary for some of us but I am glad that I did it!

This place is full of nature and it's perfect to relax mind and have fun as you did. i really like this pic

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It is great!

What a wonderful trip. Beautiful pictures and great way to spend time with your son. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for the visit!

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No problem :D

i have not check if i had vertigo or not, but crossing the bridge is a not for me. I can feel the adrenaline pumping when i saw the first picture.
but i do love hiking to a place with those nice looking smal

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Most of the trip there is hiking and I'0m sure that you'd enjoy looking at the bridge even if you didn't cross it!

Wow!very interesting adventure to do! I don't suffer the vertigo but i can't say that i would be indifferent if i was in that place.But i would like to try!
I never crossed a tibetan bridge long like that, once i made one in an adventure park but it was 5 feet long i think eheheheh
Waiting for your new steem travel!
Bye

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Thanks for the visit and your thoughts!

Great job @kus-knee! Your stories and travels are very interesting. Also, I invite you to my city - an open-air museum where I will tell the story of my ancient city:
https://steemit.com/travel/@hajevoy60/welcome-to-the-city-an-open-air-museum-the-lions-on-the-buildings-tell-about-the-strength-and-greatness-of-the-galician

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I love historic tours of cities!

i wanna cross the tibetan bridge while im drunk af.

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Hmmm maybe not a good idea!

@kus-knee, that's a pretty long bridge there. I have crossed a couple of such bridges in India and Bhutan, but this Tibetan bridge is sure scary.

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It looks scarier than it really is.

That looks like an amazing hike @kus-knee!
I would love to walk across it. Although I do suffer a bit from vertigo so I guess it would be a bit nerve wrecking :)

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I also have vertigo and it was OK.

So scary!!!! I suffer from vertigo from many years (even if sometimes I try to fight my vertigo) so it's impossible for me to walk on that bridge ^_^

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You could still go to look at it and take pictures. Then maybe you'd get some courage and feel safe!

Your walk to the bridge and the bridge itself were really well captured. I don't have vertigo and I enjoy anything that gets my adrenaline pumping. I can see myself freaking out on that bridge as I hate heights, but I would still go on. What would I not give to be in a place like that, it's so very beautiful. Loved this post. :)

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Thanks so much I'm sure that you's enjoy it!

What an experience! I think I would have enjoyed the hike through the forest more than the bridge itself. Still though, it's one of those things that's fun to do at least once. The fresh mountain spring water must have been wonderful!

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Yes it was a great day!

Oh My God! The place looks like haven.
I have never crossed such bridge. It looks scary but thinking of crossing it is making me excited as well. My heart is saying "Go, find a bridge like this and gather your courage to cross it. Challenge yourself!"

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I think that you'd enjoy it and feel great afterwards!

Wow, I think that would make me weak in the knees!

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Adrenaline rush but very safe!

That's a long bridge. It scares people when it jiggles. It was a thrilling experience going back and forth in the bridge like this in my country.

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It's great that you've experienced a similar journey!

I have been on some scary rope bridge when I was younger crossing mountains areas. I prefer the feeling of solid ground under my feet these days. The thrill of the bridge making sounds and swinging back and forth from the wind picking up is more then I want lol.

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Yes it's not fro everybody. I didn't linger while my son did! he took the first picture.

Great post and picture! But I'd be afraid of "wobbly bridge" because "wobbly fence rail" doesn't look like it could keep me from falling! I'd be lying down too on that thing! LOL

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Yes I tend to be a low crawler when it comes to heights but this seemed secure!

Wow nice post.. would love to go over this bridge once.. But I think it's freaking ... I was on holiday in belgium and also did some nice mountain sports... but not comparable with this..

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It's easier than it looks!

That bridge is too scary for my liking. Love the pics.

Excellent post dear friend @ kus-knee, the images are amazing, thank you very much for all this information.
have a beautiful day

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Thanks a lot!

This looks awesome. I so want to try it!

Looks like you could have a lot of fun on that bridge haha. Wouldnt want to get stuck out there in windy conditions. Good post

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Yes the wind would make it interesting!

very nice adventure a lil bit scary lol

so great photos, the photography is so real that it seems i am with you, seeing with my own eyes all that fantastic place right next to you

an up vote for you, See My Visit to Attock

https://steemit.com/travel/@jakkk/my-trip-to-attock-fort-in-pakistan-the-fort-is-a-memorial-of-great-mughal-empire

thanks for this post, I like these kind of pictures most. see also my blogs @livelifefullest Keep sharing those nice places and experiences.

Great shoot, great story

i love hiking

Great write up. I envy those who don't get vertigo!

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This is insane!

nice video & pic. thanks for Share

OMG!!! You are really brave guy! Nothing in the world wouldn't make me cross this bridge looool

Oh my god... I scared in Height

How long the Bridge is ?

Wow.... that's quite a bridge! I don't really have too much of an issue with vertigo, at least not on bridges... now, climbing up something like a radio mast would be a different issue; I've seen videos of those guys that go 1000 feet in the air to do maintenance on them. No thanks!

The closest to that kind of bridge I've been on is the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver BC... much shorter span, and not as high, but still pretty impressive.