DAREDEVILS of Middlesbrough and beyond are getting their fill of adrenaline at the Tees Transporter Bridge.
Working in conjunction with Roxcool and UK Bungee Club, participants with a head for heights have the opportunity to either abseil or bungee jump from the iconic Transporter Bridge.
Love Middlesbrough attended the event on Sunday 7th June to catch a snapshot of the action.
Roxcool are a local and family run firm from Billingham. Formally running since 2009, they have many years’ experience in climbing and mountaineering adventures, hosted throughout the world.
Cliff Lowther is the owner of Roxcool, who is both a Mountaineering Instructor Award holder and since 1992, has been a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. He has been working with the Transporter Bridge for over ten years:
Cliff Lowther and ex-police dog, Bella
“I first started using the Tees Transporter Bridge as an abseiling venue way back in 1994 for a charity abseil I ran for Sedgefield District Council.
“For me, the Transporter Bridge abseiling venue is one of the best, not only in the North East, but in the country. The easy access via the stairs gives the customers an opportunity to get high very quickly, which for some can be the hardest part of the day, but I think it’s an integral part of the experience.
“The new glass viewing lift will give the opportunity for those with a disability to take part in the future, too.”
Alongside the practical benefits of the bridge as a venue, Cliff praises the atmosphere at the top:
“You cannot be anything but impressed with the feat of engineering it must have taken back in 1911 to build it. The views are spectacular looking north towards Billingham and Hartlepool, east along the River Tees towards the North Sea and the chemical industry, south towards the town of Middlesbrough, Roseberry Topping and the Cleveland Hills and west back up river towards town of Darlington.
It’s not just the views around them that get people captivated – it’s the views down too.
“The walk along the gangway can be scary as the grills are completely see-through and look down to the concrete road 165 feet below. But once at the launch site, it’s just a matter of being attached to the ropes, opening the gate and we have you descending towards the safety of terra firma.”
He shared with us his some of his most unique abseils at the bridge – including a blind man and his ex-police dog, Bella.
Bella abseiling down the Transporter
“This abseil involved around six months of training at various venues around the North East cumulating at the Transporter. Bella was literally pulling me along the gangway to get to the launch area! You can probably see how chilled she was by her photo.”
Aside from a slight delay from the gusty weather, the day ran smoothly.
Take a look at the gallery below.
Jack Dodsworth, from Guisborough, before his abseil
Jenni Duffy, of Middlesbrough Ladies FC, before her first bungee jump
For more information about the events ran at the Tees Transporter Bridge, please contact 01642 727265.
UK Bungee Club: www.ukbungee.co.uk