Adventure Partners wishes everyone following our exploits a happy, healthy, prosperous new year. And what better way to celebrate new beginnings than with anxious anticipation of a bridge soon to be spanned? January, 2013 kicks off the final installation of Amangiri’s Hoodoo Suspension Bridge. We invite you on an “insiders” tour as our crew drills down into 90 million year old Dakota Sandstone to install the anchor bolts which tie this 230 foot long gossamer walkway to the flanks of Hoodoo Peak.

Project engineer, Chris Haaland, explains this critical stage of construction–

Bridge building in this remote location during winter requires a crew of expert riggers who can handle the rigors of wind and frigid temperatures on the exposed cliff edges.

Each anchor bolt, there are 32 in total on the bridge, must be drilled with precision deep into the rock.

Once the holes are thoroughly cleaned glue-in follows-

Anchors in place, a final distance check with the measuring tape ground truths exhaustive design and survey work, and shows the immense scale of this “crossing” (Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument dominates the background).

Bridges are among our most ancient technologies. They inspire us by their very nature- overcoming obstacles, connecting from someplace to someplace else with strength, grace and beauty. A bridge lets us experience “the other side” if we dare to make the crossing. Adventure Partners looks forward to sharing this one-of-a-kind attraction with Amangiri guests very soon, and encourages you to follow along on our blog as we connect the two sides in the next installment.

A special thanks goes out to the team working on this project: Chris Haaland, Christian Seamans, Nate Jordan, Lura Glover, JJ McMahon, Yermo Welsh, Dave Carmen, Jeremy Draper and Kyle Davis.

Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo!