I can fly higher than an eagle....
…you are Trewin beneath my wings!!
Head first 60mph down a 700m zip wire is not everybody’s sense of fun and it certainly wasn’t mine; but for a charitable cause and rising to the challenge set by my work colleagues #DropTheBoss was an experience I will never forget.
Strapped into a harness similar to that used on hand gliders and taken up to the launch pad, some 100m high, an eerie silence fell amongst the participants, like one can only imagine to that of awaiting execution. After a quick briefing session and surprisingly no questions, we tread the lonely path up to the summit, where we are greeted by a tree house in the sky.
It is here I am shackled and suspended face down in the horizontal position and attached to the wire by a trolley on my back. Motionless I wait, and after a few safety checks and being held for what seems like a lifetime, the ‘ok’ is radioed down and ‘click’ the release is made.
The descent starts 100m above the ground and gives you a unique view over the spectacular architecture and landscape of the Eden Project. With no going back and arms out wide, I begin to soar along with the wind buffering my face at the same horizontal speed as that of a Peregrine Falcon, which is the fastest bird in the world.
It surely takes your breath away as you soar over the Eden domes with visitors gazing up from below. You gain a sense of peacefulness, yet unaware you are hurtling at 60 mph towards your destiny.
As you fly over the Domes, and finally the Education Centre you don’t realise the speed until you begin to approach the final descent. The tree tops now whistle by you so fast and the ground suddenly approaches you at pace suffice that you just pray the brake kicks in……………………………
It’s over, and you are welcomed at the end by instructors who unshackle you and return you to the vertical with feet planted firmly on terra firma. Did you enjoy that they ask? No I reply, where is the nearest pub!
Written and experienced by director David Tithecott – our everyday hero!