Grand Canyon Skywalk

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby lexington » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:28 am

Though it may seem a little obscure, here is an image of the proposed 'Grand Canyon Skywalk' - part of a $30m tourist scheme designed for a new resort to the western edge of Grand Canyon National Park.

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Truly gobsmacking stuff, the Skywalk will hover 3,800 feet above the Colorado River over a rim of the Grand Canyon, allowing tourists to stroll on an 80-yard walk around a semicircular platform jutting beyond the canyon rim, surrounded by a 4-inch thick Plexiglass surround that will provide a spectacular view of the canyon floor directly below. The Skywalk is projected to open around June 2006. As mentioned the attraction forms part of a new Grand Canyon West resort on the Hualapai reservation at the western edge of the park, about 120 miles from Las Vegas.

The feature is designed to accommodate up to 120 visitors at any one time (visitors who will pay $25 for the privilege) and hold 72 million pounds, withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake 50 miles away, and withstand winds in excess of 100 mph.

Also see -> http://www.destinationgrandcanyon.com/skywalk.html
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby PTB » Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:06 pm

Whats supporting it...........Magic?
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby phatman » Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:14 pm

It's called a cantilever;)
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby alan d » Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:15 pm

This is scary and kind of perverse..you don't need a glass floored viewing balcony to appreciate the height. Just walk to the edge, that'll do it.

30 million could be better spent improving the visitor facilities and overnight accomodation, which are basic and frankly dreadful
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Postby lexington » Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:17 pm

PTB wrote:Whats supporting it...........Magic?


:p From what I understand, the 'magic' is located within a reinforced support structure located in the adjoining canyon-top facility designed to integrate as seemless as possible into the existing rock-face.

The promotional website claims:

Design-tested by a world-renowned team involved in such projects as:
Taipei 101
Mandaly Bay Resort
The Palms Hotel Casino
Wynn Resort Las Vegas
Hoover Dam


Hmmm. :o
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby lexington » Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:19 pm

alan d wrote:This is scary and kind of perverse..you don't need a glass floored viewing balcony to appreciate the height. Just walk to the edge, that'll do it.

30 million could be better spent improving the visitor facilities and overnight accomodation, which are basic and frankly dreadful


Very true - it seems a little wasteful and perhaps an unrequired man-made input into something that is quite easily one of nature's most spectacular phenomena. Even the air about the place is mesmerizing.
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby delta_jacob » Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:29 pm

introduce bungee jumping to the 'skywalk' and i'm there!
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby Bill McH » Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:32 pm

delta_jacob wrote:introduce bungee jumping to the 'skywalk' and i'm there!

And good luck to you. But as even the mere mention of the name Dun Aengus (high fort in Ireland) is enough to put me into a cold sweat, I completely fail to see the attraction of this skywalk. Or, for that matter, the idea of working at the top of a 1 km high skyscraper in Kuwait :eek:
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby PTB » Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:10 pm

Whats that about a 1 kilometre high tower in Kuwait?

Oh wait - I just saw the new thread.
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Re: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Postby islam_samir » Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:25 pm

[quote="phatman"]It's called a cantilever]

& that u Called cantilever how many people supposed to walk in? :rolleyes:
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