Jan Morris once wrote that because Sydney has the worlds most beautiful harbor, it should be approached by boat. The sail-like Sydney Opera House greets arrivals, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge arches across the waters like a heroic tangle of wire coat hangers. Since I couldnt sail into Sydney for a photo, I swallowed hard and signed up to climb 439 feet above the ocean.
More than 2 million people have gone on the Sydney Bridge Climb since 1998 (including a 100-year-old woman), and although we climbed in groups constantly tethered to the structure, terror still kicked in as I stepped onto the first catwalk. When I started up the arch almost an hour later, I was especially glad I had skipped breakfast. Dont look down, and youll be fine the guide kept saying on the radio headpiece.
But I did and fired the shutter.