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Dangling On The Edge

“I get a little stuck on titles like meet the blind. I can’t help but feel that I am more than “the blind.” ~Kerry Kijewski, The Insightful Wanderer

Description is in the body of the post.Here’s a photo of my friend Kerry doing the EdgeWalk on the CN Tower in Toronto. The EdgeWalk is “the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356 m/1168 ft (116 stories) above the ground.”

I get that most people who don’t have disabilities don’t want to do anything to offend those of us who do. However, when we refer to a group or an individual by their disability it’s demeaning because it takes away our personhood. “People First Language describes what the person HAS, not what the person IS.”

Image Description: Kerry, strapped into a harness and smiling, is literally hanging backward over the edge with her feet braced on the outer rim of the walkway ledge.

#cntower #adventure #daring #fearless#brave

14 thoughts on “Dangling On The Edge

  1. Love this! I read about the Edgewalk in Margee Kerr’s book, Scream, and haven’t forgotten the impression of exhilaration that must be felt when you’re up there. Way to go, Kerry!

    1. That book sounds interesting.

  2. I have jumped put of an airplane, repelled off a cliff, been up in a hot air ballon, rock climbed…even blindfolded , and hang glided but I could not do that tower thing 🙂

    1. Seriously Katelon? After doing all you’ve done you can’t see yourself doing this? You might recall I’ve talked about my chickenhood and while I wouldn’t want to do most of what you’ve done hang gliding has a certain appeal.

      1. I did a tandom jump Steph, leaping off a cliff that was on the road I drove to a place I was staying up a mountain in the Vail Valley area. It was my favorite. It really felt like flying. We caught a loft of wind and flew. Running off the cliff was scary.

      2. Yes, I could see how running off a cliff would be scary. The repelling down a mountain looks like fun too and while I don’t think I could do it I do want to do rock climbing. We have a facility here in Pittsburgh for rock climbing.

    2. Oh, wow. That all sounds amazing. If you’ve done all those things, I’m pretty sure you could do this one too. I think everyone should go up there.

      1. I think the difference is all the things I’ve done revolve around being out in nature. The tall building is man made and sits amidst a city of other buildings. I’ve always felt more comfortable and secure out in nature, even hiking and camping alone.

  3. Reblogged this on Her Headache and commented:
    Thanks Steph. Since this, I’ve learned, there are scarier things than hanging off the side of a tall tower. Still, this was a thrill I will never forget. I’d go back up there tomorrow if I could.

    1. Hi Camie. Thank you, I’ll let Kerry know of your comment. While I’d never do it unless I had some sort of brain transplant a part of me can’t help but to wonder what it must feel like to be that high up and literally dangle off the edge of a building.

  4. Good insight as I think we all have to be cautious when we “label” individuals or groups of individuals. Such a good quote too.

    That photo of your adventurous friend literally makes my stomach drop! Yikes!!

    Peta

    1. Thanks Peta. I so agree with you here. Making sweeping comments on people is not only inaccurate but can be dangerous. Don’t even get me started on Kerry’s photo. When she said she was going to do the EdgeWalk my stomach dropped. I really admire some of the things thrillseekers do and fantasize having another life where I’m an adventurer but then I look at stuff like this and can’t fathom the thought of actually carrying it out. I hope you are doing well.

    2. I am trying to have adventures, but I am far from a thrill seeker, if you compare me to a lot of people who do so much that scares most of us. I can’t help wonder if I would have the nerve to jump out of a plane, for instance, as I have issues with flying.

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