We asked High Road’s Kent Carter to describe his CN Tower EdgeWalk experience. Kent is afraid of heights. His girlfriend Lindsay doesn’t date wimps.
The following conversation occurred at 7:35 a.m. on May 23rd, 2012, mere hours before the EdgeWalk took place.
Lindsay: “You didn’t sleep at all last night, eh?”
Kent: “Nope – I’m EdgeWalking today. I’d rather make out with a running John Deere tractor.”
Lindsay: “You’ll be fine. The platform is like five feet wide. You don’t fall off the sidewalk and onto the road when you’re walking on it, do you?”
Kent: “Remember that time we were coming home from Paul’s keg party? Well, I don’t, but I remember you telling me that I face planted into a Honda Civic that was parked on the other side of the road.”
Lindsay: “Yeah, you better make sure that cord is strapped onto you good.”
And so it was with great trepidation that I made my to High Road’s offices and counted down the minutes to my impending doom. A few months before, one our fearless/crazy leaders, Hugh Scholey, had mentioned to a few of our friends at TELUS that it would be a heck of a lot of fun to strap onto the highest building in Canada and dangle over sheer death for a half an hour. Naturally, everyone agreed with him.
And I was going along for the ride.
I spent the morning appearing to be hard at work; people get busy and don’t realize the paperwork you’re scrambling to get done isn’t a series of invoice letters, but a last will and testament. Nonetheless, the time came for us to make our ascent up the CN Tower, get strapped into our harnesses and take a walk outside Toronto’s most famous landmark, 365 meters above the splatter zone.
And I couldn’t have done it with a better group of people: Anne-Marie Laberge, Denise Bombier, Paula Switzer and Emma Miller from TELUS, as well as HRC’s own Hugh Scholey, were there to support me every step of the way (editor’s note: “every step of the way,” should be read as “every terrified stutter step”). They didn’t even make fun of me – well, too much, at least – when I cried out several times for my mother.
The crazy thing is, I actually started enjoyed myself. It truly was a great experience, shared with great people. The sight of Toronto from such a different vantage point is really something behold.
We’re already talking about our next TELUS/High Road adventure. The front runner right now is swimming with sharks.
But would I do The EdgeWalk again?