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I am afraid of heights, but when I know the situation is safe, I sort of like the thrill of forcing myself into somewhere like those two bridges. If I'm in the area, I'd cross them and be happy (but frightened) as I did it!
I am afraid of heights, which is one of the reasons I vividly remember this place:
It's the Pont du Gard aqueduct in the south of France, and as a young kid I visited it on several occasions with my dad and younger brother back in the 1980's.
It may only be about 50 meters high, but at the time you could climb right to the top, and walk on the "ceiling" of it, so to speak. No railing at all, and the whole thing was only 8' or so wide, as shown in this old photo I've taken off the internet:
I remember holes along the top, where you could look down into the water conduit itself - and of course, you'd have to walk around those holes - very close to the edge! - if you wanted to get past.
I'm afraid of heights. Bonus irony: been a professional pilot for 23 years now.
The key is I'm afraid of unprotected heights. If there's anything there for me to lean on/against, that I can justify to my brain is preventing me from going over the edge (a railing, a fence, or any other barrier I can lean on while I look over, for example) then I'm generally OK. (guess I consider being in the airplane a 'protected height', as it's never bothered me in there.)
But if I'm ever in a situation where, say, I'm on an open ledge or edge of a dropoff, then I have some issues.
(edited to add that, while I've never had the opportunity to try them, I suspect some of these locales with glass or otherwise transparent barriers would pose a problem for me. I think it's a mental thing, and if I couldn't see the thing holding me up/back from the edge, I may not handle that well...)
but I can spout off obscure rules to all sorts of game like nobody's business!
At 6 and a half feet tall (198cm for those who use sensible units of measurement) it's ironic that I have issues with heights, but I do. I wouldn't really call it a fear of heights, but I experience extreme vertigo when near cliffs or other edges. It makes driving into the mountains a pain in the ass when the road curves around an edge, and there's nothing beyond the pavement in front of me except clear blue skies!
I wouldn't want to go anywhere near several of these things pictured.
All reality is a game. Physics at its most fundamental, the very fabric of our universe, results directly from the interaction of certain fairly simple rules, and chance... (Iain Banks)
I get freaked thinking about heights, and videos of idiots climbing without harness on cranes and towers scare me to death. Extreme parkour videos give me nightmares. But I have no trouble climbing things or being close to an edge in real life, and videos of people with a safety cable are no worry at all. It's the same with parachuting. My reaction is quite visceral when there is no safety gear, but as soon as I can tell myself it is "safe" all the problem goes away.
Chalk me up as another one terrified of heights....
But I *love* lighthouses! And I've been up in the great Atlantic lighthouses of the Outer Banks!
It makes for a totally exhausting experience though -- it can take me an hour to climb to the top, stopping at every level to get used to the idea until I can force myself to go higher, and once I manage to get out onto the gallery deck, I have to spend a good half hour or more clamped like a limpet to the side of the structure (to the great amusement of the other tourists), but you ought to see some of the photos that I have taken!