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I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. Thought you object types would enjoy reading about this:

http://www.ktnv.com/news/jul05/338593.asp

***The Canyon Skywalk
By Glen Meek
Contact 13
Posted: July 4, 2005

It is one of the great natural wonders of the world -- and it will soon to be joined by an engineering marvel.

A fantastic glass bridge arcing 60-feet out over the ***** canyon -- giving visitors an unobstructed view 4000-feet straight down.

Sheri Yellowhawk, tribal executive says "That's gonna be a scary view. It's gonna be exciting. It's gonna be a once in a lifetime view.

It may be scarey indeed having nothing more than sheets of glass separating you from eternity.

But the bridge has been engineered to withstand 100-mile per hour winds, magnitude 8 earthquakes -- and hold the weight of 71-jumbo jetliners.

The glass bridge -- officially called the canyon skywalk -- been under construction for months here on the west rim of the ***** canyon.

It's being built on Hualapai tribal lands -- and the tribe hopes it will become one of the biggest attractions in the southwest.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year and when it's up and running, the hualapai expect as many as 3-million people a year will come here -- and take a walk out over the edge.

The idea for the skywalk came from las vegas tour operator David Jin, and its It has taken nearly a decade to turn his dream into a reality.

But not everyone was sold on the idea at first.

There were elders -- and others -- concerned about any construction on pristine native lands.

Tribal Executive Sheri Yellowhawk says "We had the area blessed. We had the elders come out and they talked about it and they said We would like to keep our land the way it is, but we have to look at the future of our kids, to have something that's economiocally feasable for their future

The financial future of the Hualapai is tied to tourism. They are not a gaming tribe.

But they are betting that -- when it comes to the skywalk -- if they build it -- you will come
--"When I die, may I be surrounded by scattered chrome and burning gasoline."

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If this thing's on tribal lands... is the tribe able to ensure that BASE is entirely legal from their bridge in the same way that some tribes have made gambling legal? I mean... so long as they give permission right... and there's no one arround like the NPS... and if they're after tourism just show them Bridge Day stats... you could have yourself a nice place to start your bargaining for a cool legal S. Would be really cool to be able to look down through the glass at the jumpers below.

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Well, technically, glass "S". But we'll let it slide.



Whoa, no shit right? Man, I guess my brain was floating away in Shiner land last night.:o

Oh well, the point was made, right?:D
--"When I die, may I be surrounded by scattered chrome and burning gasoline."

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If this thing's on tribal lands... is the tribe able to ensure that BASE is entirely legal from their bridge in the same way that some tribes have made gambling legal?



Not a chance. The landing area is what counts for aerial delivery.
-- Tom Aiello

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Looking at the picture somebody posted... is that really a "span"? It seems like more of an overhanging platform to me...



I saw that this morning and wondered the same thing. I think personally I'd call it an "E" with a man-made overhang.

- Z
"Always be yourself... unless you suck." - Joss Whedon

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Not true. Not all of the canyon floor or rim is governed by the NPS. In fact, there is a great deal of canyon floor and rim that is under the control of the the Navajo Nation and as such there may be a possibility of organizing something along the lines of a bridge day sort of event. It's been done in the past. Of course that would take a lot. The Navajo like to keep there sacred sights sacred.

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The landing area is what counts for aerial delivery.



True, but if the landing area is also on tribal land isn't there an exemption if you have an tribal member sponsoring you?

- Z
"Always be yourself... unless you suck." - Joss Whedon

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Sorry, I wasn't trying to comment on that particular site. Just saying that it doesn't matter if the entire structure is on private land. The landing area is going to have to be private (or permitted of some kind).
-- Tom Aiello

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There is a real chance to get this going.

There is some history here. Canyon de C***** was legal with the Navajo nation until two old time jumpers (BASE 37 & BASE 124) ruined legal access by
1) filming a commercial without permission
2) using a helicopter in conflict with agreements with the Navajos
3) using a helicopter in a rescue

This was a long time ago and the time is probably right for a respectful diplomatic approach to these Native Americans.
Looks like a death sandwich without the bread - Steve Deadman Morrell, BASE 174

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No problem Tom I wasn't trying to start a fight.
One avenue that might help is if we can first find some one of Navajo blood who is sympathetic to our cause. I can think of one. She works for a popular BASE manufacture. I have spoken with her about it before but we have yet to make it happen. Her work duties keep her pretty busy. Anybody know anyone else with Navajo blood who jumps?

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Jumps at this place were had with permission, and permission was gained by smuggling cases of beer in for tribe members. We felt like bootleggers there for a while.

Native Americans are much more sophisticated now but one thing that will always be in our favor is, like us, they are always ready too stick it to the "Man."

If they build a casino at this new structure they'll still need more of a draw to get people to travel there and that could be us.

Hops & Slots . . . !

NickD :)BASE 194

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It is doubt full that the Navajo will ever build a casino on their land. They realize that their land is far to remote for most to travel to and so the clientele would be mostly Navajo. Their feeling is that it would be wrong to provide yet another source of addiction to the tribe members. The tribe has repeatedly voted against casinos in the past for this very reason

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I have some gear I'm willing to lose.


I have some of Tim's gear I'm willing to lose too!!!:P
~J
"One flew East,and one flew West..............one flew over the cuckoo's nest"
"There's absolutely no excuse for the way I'm about to act"

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Hasn't it be proven that Native Americans have no more predilections for addiction than any other race of people? I think their original drinking problem came from seeing their culture disseminated, being shuffled onto reservations, having no meaningful work to do, and generally having no hope. Christ, I'd need a drink after that too . . .

NickD :)BASE 194

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