Dangling On The CN Tower Edge

Photo Description of Kerry Dangling on the edge of the CN Tower is in the body of the post.

Dangling On The CN Tower 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

CN Tower: Walking On A Ledge

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. The ledge encircles 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, broadly speaking when we refer to a group or an individual by their disability it can be demeaning because it takes away our personhood. Likewise, there are people with disabilities who prefer identity first language because their disability is an important part of who they are as individuals. Both groups are right.

How about ‘respecting’ people as individuals?

CN Tower Image Description: 

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

#cntower #adventure #daring #fearless #brave

Published by Stephanae

👩🏾‍🦯 | INTJ | HSP | Collector of knowledge | Alpaca Fanatic “If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I'm going.” ~Jackie Joyner-Kersee Hi, I'm Steph! I'm a highly sensitive proud introvert and a recovering people-pleaser. These traits or quirks used to bother me because I always felt out of place until I began a recent process of self-acceptance. While I'm still a work in progress, I view my quirks as my superpowers and am grateful that they contribute to who I am today.

14 thoughts on “Dangling On The CN Tower Edge

  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.

  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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!


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