The long anticipated construction of Amangiri’s Hoodoo Suspension Bridge has commenced. On January 9, 2013 our team assembled at Page Steel to organize four tons of bridge materials for the short transport to the helicopter staging area.

Sam Riggs, welder extraordinaire, puts pre-dawn final touches on the bridge’s connecting plates.

We carefully test each helicopter load as they are placed onto a flatbed truck for delivery to Amangiri.

On a perfect January day, Classic Helicopter pilot Matt Stein flies our bridge package to the summit of Hoodoo Peak. Chris Haaland describes the “long-line” process.

And the first package of walkway material arrives suspended one hundred feet below the Bell 407 helicopter. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument dominates the background. Video work courtesy of Dan Gallagher.

Meanwhile high strength grout is applied below each anchor plate before stringing cable across the void. Nate Jordan and Jeremy Draper do the honors.

On January 10th we are ready to pull some cable. The weather continues to cooperate, highs in the mid-40s, no wind.

Some might call it “crazy”, others just love the work. Jeremy Draper is first across the safety line, riding a boson’s chair to recover rigging used to span the gap. Four hundred feet of air tests the grit of a bridge builder. In his own words below-

Chris demonstrates closing the loop at the end of a cable, called a “Molly Hogan” or “Flemish Eye”– And the riggers are impressed.

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