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skywalk window reflections

 

The Grand Canyon Skywalk -- a giant horse-shoe of glass cantilevered out 4000 feet above the floor of one of America's most coveted attractions. Thousands pilgrimage here each year for a chance to terrify and amaze themselves by strolling out over the abyss and gazing down into eons of depth created by the once mightier Colorado River. 

Cleaning the windows though which these people experience the canyon is more than an average task. Of course the setting and difficulty of access are enough to garner world-class press attention, but I think there's more to it than that. 

This significance I'm concerned with comes from returning the clarity through which people are able to confront their fears and misperceptions, and by which they are awed and humbled by the vastness and magnitude of one of the most celebrated places on earth. Cleaning the lens of this experience is special; and vitally important.

Venturing around the Skywalk delivers an awareness of not only of our own personal fears and limitations but also those of an ecosystem taxed by green lawns, bright lights and a climate now struggling to replenish the Colorado River as it bears its ever-increasing burden. 

The drive from Las Vegas to the Skywalk offers us perspective on the poverty and isolation of rural communities and small villages all to common in the richest country in the world. And moments later we're able to contribute to the economic stability of the Hualapai people who provide hard earned economic vitality to the region. 

At the heart of the effort required to clean and maintain this international treasure, and all the value it brings to both those who journey for its experience and also those who's lives and lively hood depend on that experience, is a small group of industrial athletes who spend their days amid ropes and hauling systems, job safety assessments and technical certifications to prepare for and carry out the simplest of tasks in the most critical of places. 

It was truly a pleasure and inspiration to spend a few days with a team who cares deeply about not only the work they do and how they prepare for and approach that work -- but perhaps most importantly, they care about the people who are effected by the positive contributions their efforts make. 

I hope you enjoy a these photos from the past few days and have the opportunity to not only experience the Skywalk but also meet and work with Mike, Ken, Casey, Keith, Jake, Chris, Cooper, Todd, Jaci, and Dale from the Abseilon team. 

 - Brian

 

 


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