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World first photographic climb for Story Bridge

September 6, 2010

On April 24 at 7.20am in a world first, Story Bridge Adventure Climb (SBAC) offerred climbers the chance to take their own cameras to the top of Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge.SBAC CEO Paul Lewin said the Photographic Climb gave photographers the opportunity to take shots of Brisbane skyline… while being part of the skyline.

“It’s really something only a privileged few have had the opportunity to do, up until now.”

“We’re the first bridge climb in the world to allow people to take their own photographic equipment on the climb,” he said.

“At 80 metres above the river and smack in the middle of the city we offer the best vantage points in town for photographers to get images of the bridge itself, the river, Brisbane and surrounds.

The new climb is in direct response to feedback from avid photographers.

“There have been numerous people request the opportunity to take their own camera up on the climb because they realise the types of shots that are possible,” said Mr Lewin.

“We like to tailor the bridge climb experience based on how people tell us they would like to see it evolve.

“We’ve been very innovative in our approach with the various climbs and currently have four daily climbs on offer: Dawn, Day, Twilight and Night.

However for avid photographers there is much more to capture than the city skyline. The great steel structure, which opened on July 6th 1940 five years after construction commenced, structure itself makes for intriguing images.

Anyone interested in joining a Bluedog tutor for a climb? If so email info@blue-dog.com.au

Facts about the Bridge:Construction took five years, one year longer than planned.
Queenslander, Dr John Bradfield was Consulting Engineer. His design team prepared 600 working drawings.
The Story Bridge project cost £1,492,000.
Seven years later, the State Government sold the Story Bridge to the Brisbane City Council for £750,000.
Sadly, four men lost their lives during construction.

Bridge Specifications
The Bridge is 1,072 metres long from the southern to northern anchor piers.
The river span is 282 metres long.
The Bridge’s summit is 74 metres to ground, similar in height to a 22-story building.
The width of the Bridge is 24 metres, including footpaths.
The river clearance at low tide is 35 metres, or 10-stories.

Construction Facts
39,100 cubic metres were excavated for foundations.
41,250 cubic metres of concrete used
12,000 tonnes of structural steel used
1,650 tonnes of reinforcing steel used
1,500,000 rivets were used to construct the bridge.

Maintenance
Currently the bridge is repainted every 7 years using 17,500 litres of paint
There is approximately 105,000 square metres of painted steel surfaces.

Fast facts:
• Climbers will have about 1hour and 45mins on the bridge.

• Shots can be taken from various points on the bridge.

• The climbs will be run monthly initially and then weekly depending on demand.

• There are only eight spaces available

For more information terms, conditions and list of equipment allowed visit http://www.storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au/Historical Facts

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