Don’t be concerned, that pedestrian bridge is supposed to be moving. Designer Margo Krasojevic designed a bridge that can sail along rivers and oceans like a boat. It is a stackable structure that can be folded, stacked and expanded, explains Inhabitat. The bridge can be easily moved from place to place or it can be permanently positioned.
The bridge has a few parts: a main floating section, three expanding walkways, and a carbon fiber triple sail. According to Inhabitat, the sail can be raised and lowered by a buoyancy rotator. This allows the bridge to also function as a sailboat so it can move locations.
The structure is stabilized by cross-flow turbines that function as rafts. The walkway itself expands and contracts — so it can adapt to different areas — into the main body of the structure and is supported by a “hydraulic telescopic secondary structure.”
Krasojevic, commissioned by the Ordos government, designed the bridge to cross the Wulanmulun River, located in Ordos city, Kangbashi district Mongolia.
The odds looked stacked against these climbers – as they tackle a tough sea stack known as “The Castle.”
The four adventurous climbers managed to rig a rope between two points on the mainland to lower themselves onto a rocky ledge as the waves crash into its narrow base below.
The pictures were taken by former international climber Dave Cuthbertson, 59. Now a mountain guide who provides does safety and rigging work for film and TV crews, he took the photos while helping with filming for the BBC series Britain’s Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney.
“When I first saw ‘The Castle’ as a climber I thought about how wacky it is and immediately wanted to climb it,” Cuthbertson said. “Short of landing on the summit by helicopter and abseiling down, the only feasible way to access the stack is by boat or Tyrolean traverse. As the sea was very rough during our visit and a Tyrolean is very spectacular, that was our preferred method.”
A wheelchair-bound man who is stricken with spinal muscular atrophy is getting a chance to fulfill his dream of traveling around the world—with a little help from his friends.
Kevan Chandler, 31, and eight friends adapted a backpack to allow the musician to be carried around his destinations.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native was ferried around Europe and a number of US states, taking in the view on his friends’ backs. Next up on his wishlist is the Great Wall of China.
“Traveling in the rucksack is awesome. I love the freedom it brings, not having to worrying about accessibility and going wherever we want,” Chandler told Caters News.
“It does come with its own challenges, though, as everything does. While I’m free to go anywhere, I’m on someone’s back, so I can’t just wander off by myself. It’s not better or worse, it’s just another type of freedom.
“But looking at a mountain or a set of old steps, it’s a great feeling to know I can trek that now.”
While the homemade carrier has been a success, backpack manufacturer Deuter has now specially designed a second, more professional version for his Chandler’s future travels.
Chandler was diagnosed with the spinal muscular atrophy as a young child after his older sister also was found to have the condition.
Despite his condition he lived as normal a childhood as possible and, with the help of close family and friends, is still able to lead an independent lifes.
“I was diagnosed with SMA as a toddler. I should have started walking on my own but it wasn’t happening,” Chandler explained to Caters.
“My sister, who is three years older, also has SMA, so by the time I arrived it was pretty easy to recognize and diagnose.
“I have always lived a pretty normal life. I went to public school and hung out with the track team. I also played in a band and lived on campus in college. I live with a roommate nowadays and ‘walk’ downtown most days on my own, so in a lot of ways life is normal and I’m pretty independent.”
He does, however, need some help with bathrooms and showers and going to bed.
And he is appreciative that his friends stepped up to allow him to travel.
“I remember one night in Wales and we stayed in a quiet old town, and after dinner we wandered down to the pier and watched the moon’s reflection on the bay, spotted by silhouetted sailboats. It’s moments like those that mean the most,” said Chandler.
“So far we have done the one big trip, in which we visited France, England and Ireland. When we got home, though, we also did some hiking around the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, which was awesome.”
Their success has emboldened Chandler and his friends to plan more trips to Europe and one to China.
“It’s amazing what you can do with a backpack and some friends,” he said.
If Wonder Woman and Supergirl are superheroes of the fictional variety that fly through the air and fight for justice, then Clair Marie is the real deal. BASE Girl is her moniker, her resume has more descents through the clouds than certain jets and one of her moral cornerstones is to support other women … even dedicating a page on her website to inspirational gals. Don’t let her good looks fool you. This firecracker in a parachute, whose playground is the unattached portion of the troposphere, has done the work to get to where she is, which is probably perched on a cliff somewhere that would scare the bejesus out of the average biped.
At the age of three, when most of us are just learning to navigate stairs, Clair was introduced to rock climbing. By the ripe ole milestone of 16, she became one of the youngest BASE jumpers in the history of the sport. By 19, she was an accelerated free fall (AFF) instructor teaching others about the freedoms of the zephyr. Gravity wasn’t a problem, just an occupational hazard.
As a kid, Clair wanted to be absolutely everything from a nurse to a firefighter. All grown up she not only does what she loves for a living but inspires others to do the same. On her website, among countless videos of the white knuckle variety, I found an eloquently presented TEDx talk on breaking through social and self-perceived limitations, encouraging the rest of us to step outside our comfort zones and fire up that limitless imagination we were born with. This girl might just have the charisma to peel a couch potato or two from the embrace of their cushions.
Clair has a full schedule globetrotting as a professional BASE jumper, mountain bike racer, rock climber, model and stunt woman yet still finds time to bake some banana bread, up her IQ with a good read and answer a few questions for a fellow adventure junkie journalist who thinks she’s cool as hell.
Passion is a powerful driving force for people. How did yours develop and mold who you are and what you do?
Claire Marie: I think passion is a necessity in life. Without passion what is the point of existing? I find that people are either passionate about following their dreams and pushing themselves or passionate about remaining the same. This usually presents itself as fear. I’ve been passionate about pushing myself from a very young age. I always wanted to see how far I could go, how much I could push myself and what I could accomplish. I feel like most people are born passionate, but over the years as they grow up that passion dies as society tries to push what is “normal” on them. It’s so very sad to see, but it was helpful for me because I knew I never wanted society to dictate what I was passionate about and what I accomplished. I feel like I brought this attitude with me through all of my early adult years and it really helped me stay focused. Focused on what I wanted to do and it gave me a deeper understanding of motivation and inspiration!
You are also very open that it takes more than passion to follow dreams. What were the key moments in your journey that you feel most proud of?
CM: I know it may sound silly, but I have been pretty proud of everything I have accomplished. I have worked so hard for so many years and to see that hard work and dedication paying off has been such a beautiful and powerful thing to experience. I get pretty excited thinking about how far I have come, despite all the negativity and road blocks I have faced. One of the things I am really grateful for and pretty proud of is the TEDx talk I gave a few years back. Having the ability to share my story with so many people was fantastic. Having such a large platform and such a receptive audience to inspire gave me so much energy. It was also my first time ever public speaking so getting over those nerves was a challenge for me and to have the ability to experience growth felt so good!
CM: My first jump was off a 480-foot power tower at 10 o’clock at night with no moon. It was the darkest jump I have ever done. I was 16 years old and so thrilled to finally be out there accomplishing a goal. I had a hyper focused attitude and a huge smile on my face the entire hike up the stair case in the center of the tower. I was with several other jumpers whom I didn’t know, but they were all so accepting of me and supportive. At the top, the person taking me said, “you wanted to be here, you have to prove it, you’re going first.” So as I stood on the outside of the railing, feet on a 3-inch piece of steel, leaning out over the black hole below me, I took a deep breath and started counting down 3…2…1… and my heart leapt into my throat … “Oh my god, I almost just jumped.” Hahaha, everyone was like “Ya Clair, that’s the point!” so I did that a few times, counted down. It was almost as if there were millions of years worth of DNA pumping through my veins telling me if I jumped I would die. After a few more minutes of that, the person teaching me said: “If you don’t go in 30 seconds I’m making you walk down.” I took a deep breath, counted down and as my hand slid off the rail my feet launched me from the object into the darkness. It was so quite, so peaceful and for a moment I felt totally suspended in the air. Nothing else existed except for that moment. It was beautiful, scary, life changing, exciting! So many things. When my parachute opened, I turned around and landed at the base of the object. I looked up and yelled at the top of my lungs “you have to let me do that again.” I went home and told my mom I found my calling. The rest is history!
What are some of the stats on places you have jumped?
CM: Most interesting? Tropical super dome in Germany. I had the opportunity to jump inside a building, from the rafters, during a German winter and land on a tropical beach in a bikini! Pretty unique!
Highest? Fjords in Norway, Some of the most beautiful and inspiring landscapes I’ve ever witnessed
Most dangerous? Every BASE jump is very dangerous, but can be mitigated with proper preparation. One, semi recently, that I was most nervous about was jumping from a glass sky walk in China. It was in a corner of a cliff and very, very dangerous if not properly prepared for! Highly illegal? Hahaha. I have done lots of very illegal jumps… But I can’t talk about them.
How many base jumps do I have to date? I have about 800 BASE jumps.
Skydives? I stopped counting my skydives a few years ago at 5,500, so I don’t know how many I have now.
How do you prep for a base jump? Do you have any lucky things you wear, something you always eat before, etc.?
CM: Honestly, it’s different every time. I am not superstitious, so I don’t have a strict way of doing things or anything special.
I check my pack job, I check wind conditions. I will usually spit off the exit point to check if the winds do something funny (super lady like right hahaha). But aside from that, I let each jump be special in its own right, and I alter my preparation accordingly!
What’s the process of evaluation like for a BASE jump? How to determine it’s safe? How to decide where to jump from? How do you land in the right spot?
CM: BASE jumping is inherently not safe and a risk. So what I aim to do is take very calculated risks. First thing is looking at the object and making sure it is sheer and jumpable without having obstacles that I could hit on the way down or get hung up on if something goes wrong. Then I look at the landing area, making sure there is a safe place to land with minimal obstacles and also establish an alternate landing area just in case something goes wrong and I can’t make it to my main landing area. If it is an illegal jump, then I plan the quick escape either with running or having a getaway driver. Finally, I check weather conditions. Making sure there are no funky winds that could potentially cause my parachute to open in a dangerous direction. Everything I do is in the space of risk management and calculated risk taking.
You’re beautiful, and you’re also completely badass Do you find that that combo throws people for a loop?
CM: I guess it depends on the context, when I am all geared up or ready for my sports, I feel like I fit right in and it’s not that out of the ordinary. However, when I am not in my riding or jumping gear, I feel like people are always really surprised. Like there is no way this girl in 6” heels and a dress could be a BASE jumper or a mountain bike racer. I really love challenging peoples ideas of what is normal and pushing them to think beyond stereotypes!
What’s it like to be a woman in a very male-dominated space? Have you had to work harder to prove yourself?
CM: In the beginning, I felt I had to be one of the boys to participate at their level. I was very young and just wanted to be accepted, so I was very much a tomboy. I wore baggy cargo pants and over sized shirts. I was totally comfortable like that, but then one day I decided I wanted to fully embrace my femininity. I decided I didn’t have to be like the boys to play like the boys. So I accepted that I have a massive high-heel addiction and started really dressing and acting to my feminine power. It was so freeing! I think it was a shock to the system of my core group of jumpers. They were like, “Whoa … what are you wearing?” It was quite a change, but I loved it!
Over the years I have experienced sexism in my sport for sure, but I pay very little attention to it. I know what level I play at and I know what I am capable of so if someone doubts that, that is their problem, not mine. If anything their doubt makes me push harder. I have noticed there is an increase in support of female participants over the last several years which is so nice to see. The more women who participate, the more accepted they are and some of the most badass base jumpers I know are women! It’s a good feeling!
Everyone has a message they put out into the world through their words, actions and lifestyle. What is yours?
CM: That we as humans are capable of so much more than we could ever know. That dreams are never too big and that women can be just as bad-ass as the boys and still maintain their total fierce femininity.
Most people would be terrified to do what you do. So what terrifies you … if anything?
CM: Bugs … creepy crawly things and especially big flying bugs… I just can’t get over it!
Lots of tattoos. Any especially significant ones in there?
CM: My tattoos mean a lot to me, they don’t have a deeper meaning other than beautiful art that I get to bring along with me, but I feel like they really speak to my personality. They are bold yet feminine, dark and beautiful. I was told not to get tattoos by so many people. I was told they would limit me in my work as a model, but I have found quite the opposite. They speak to my personality and they make me stand out on a physical level. I feel like they fit me quite well!
What other hobbies do you have that people might not expect?
CM: I love to bake! My specialties are sweet scones and banana bread. I also really enjoy writing and reading. There is so much knowledge and information out there right at our fingertips, sometimes it’s mind-blowing to think of. I am also a very passionate vegan so educating those who wish to know more about the environmental impact of animal agriculture as well as sustainability is something I am super passionate about.
On your website, you have a section dedicated to other women and you are outspoken about women supporting each other. Why is this such a key element in how you handle yourself?
CM: I think women supporting other women in all walks of life is so important. I have seen first hand how catty and vicious women can be towards other women and how they break each other down verbally and emotionally. It is so depressing to witness because we are so much bigger than that. Women are incredible beings, and I aim to show, that even though we may be competing in a sports sense, we don’t have to compare or break each other down. When women support one another, even in a space of competition as a job, it is so beautiful and uplifting. One of my favorite things is to cheer other women on, even if I am competing against them. I want people to know that with the support of others, what we can accomplish only grows.
What future life goals do you have for the next five years? Any big bucket list items, travels, career goals?
CM: My list of goals and dreams is ever changing. I like it that way. It’s never boring that’s for sure. Right now some of the top things on my list are to race EWS (Enduro World Series) the biggest Enduro Mountain Bike Race series in the world. Walk a high line because it scares the crap out of me. Remain balanced and grounded. This is an ever-lasting goal of mine. And some of the places I want to visit are Greece, New Zealand and Iceland.
Advice for anyone looking to get into something as high octane as BASE jumping?
CM: First step is to spend some time really thinking about the consequences of what you want to do. Some people decided after careful consideration that the risk is far too great. I know it sounds morbid, but there is always a chance of death, so one really needs to know that and accept that risk. If they still want to learn, the next step is to learn how to skydive. Get comfortable under a parachute and get a few hundred jumps. Then if you still feel the need to BASE jump you can find a mentor or take a first jump course.
Never one to sit still, Kinga Philipps has tested herself for the past decade by traveling the globe, rappelling, caving, scuba diving, jumping out of airplanes and diving with the sharks as a writer, producer and on-camera host. In her rare bits of free time, Kinga explores her singular fascination with sharks followed by a love for the beach, surfing, motorcycles, cars, charity work, travel, food and action sports.
Several thousand people gathered outside of Trump Tower on Monday night, waiting to greet President Donald Trump during his first visit back to the city since inauguration. It was anything but a warm welcome, however, as the crowd chanted “New York hates you!” and “Shame, shame, shame!”
Protesters gathered under Trump Tower, filling in the sidewalk for several blocks down Fifth Avenue. They were kept to the sidewalks with metal barricades, and their numbers swelled as the night wore on.
Trump was born in Queens and “made his name as a Manhattan real estate developer and tabloid fixture” writes The Washington Post, but many New Yorkers do not want to call him their own. New York is famously a liberal city, and protests have broken out across the city since November, including the night immediately following his election.
Therefore, no matter what, his return to Trump Tower would be noticed. However, this weekend, white nationalist and protesters clashed in Charlottesville, leaving three dead and almost two dozen injured. Trump’s initial reaction, reports The Post, was to blame “many sides” for the violence that erupted, which upset liberals and conservatives alike.
He issued a stronger statement Monday night before returning to NYC, but many signs at the protest said “Too little, too late,” conveying that his new words had little impact.
Ultimately, the president did not face the crowds. His motorcade avoided Fifth Avenue and the protesters and he entered his residence without being seen by the crowd. People stayed until about 9:30 pm, when the crowds started to thin out.
Though many people were upset that the president did not face them, they still felt the demonstration was effective.
“If you’re silent, you’re part of hate speech,” said Carlos Laureano, who had moved to New York from Puerto Rico two years ago, told The Washington Post. “We can’t be silent.”
The Cassini spacecraft has started its final five passes over Saturn as it nears the end of its 20-year run.
The Cassini was launched from Cape Canaveral in 1997 and was a joint venture between US, European and Italian space agencies. It entered Saturn’s orbit after a seven-year journey on July 1, 2004. Since then, the spacecraft has sent countless data and hundreds of thousands of images of the sixth planet back to researchers back on Earth.
Due to the probe’s dwindling fuel supply, scientists have decided to end it’s operation to avoid the possibility of future collisions with Saturn’s moons Titan and Enceladus as it becomes uncontrollable. Starting Sept 11., Cassini will head towards its ‘grand finale‘ and dive into Saturn’s atmosphere Sept. 15.
Take a look at some of the out of this world photos the spacecraft has taken throughout the years.
A house has been built on the world’s most active volcano.
Aptly named the Phoenix House, a quirky property now listed on Airbnb, has been built on ash at the base of Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.
Homes do not get much more dramatic than the Phoenix House created by ArtisTree on the world’s most active volcano just four miles from a 100-foot lava waterfall.
The tiny 450-square foot home listed online for about $130 a night. It uses solar power, rainwater and regenerative power to run.
(Smiling Forest/Airbnb)Situated at the base of Mauna Loa volcano on the 1990 Kalapana lava flow, it is a short four-mile bike ride to the 100-foot waterfall of lava flowing into the ocean at one ton a minute.
The new house to be added to all extreme adventurers’ bucket lists has been camouflaged with Shou Sugi Ban siding and recycled rusted corrugated metal to represent the hot lava.
The Phoenix House was designed by Will Beilharz, who has received awards from Hospitality Design, the International Interior Design Association and American Institute of Architecture.
Billy McFarland has moved back in with mom and dad.
He’s best known for getting in over his head as co-organizer of the infamous Fyre Festival, which was a catastrophic event-planning fail that made headlines around the world.
He’s since been cuffed and released on $300,000 bail after being arrested for wire fraud connected to the disastrous festival. Now, the luxury penthouse he rented in New York City’s Meatpacking District for $25,000 a month is on the market for $7.5 million, according to New York Daily News.
Move over Daenerys and Cersei—these girls are the real life queens of Game of Thrones.
Tiia Ohman and Satu Walden are TV and film superfans who have traveled thousands of miles to recreate their favorite scenes.
The travel bloggers, both 39, have criss-crossed the USA, Iceland, and Northern Ireland to bring their characters to life.
Using an iPad with stills from movies and TV shows, they insert protagonists into the real-life location where it was filmed in a technique they call ‘scene-framing’.
One of the girls holds the iPad perfectly in perspective with the backdrop, while the other takes a photo of the scene.
Tiia and Satu, both from Helsinki, Finland, have even produced guides for other Game of Thrones fans wanting to tour filming locations in a day.
To date they have visited 16 locations and ‘scene-framed’ 26 characters from the hit HBO series. They have also captured scenes from hit productions such as Brokeback Mountain, Trainspotting, Fargo, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders, Star Wars, and Shawshank Redemption.
Tiia, a freelance photographer and travel blogger, said: “Our visit to Iceland was combined with a massive eight-week road trip in the USA and Canada last year and we absolutely loved it.
“The best experiences we’ve had are those where the location looks exactly or very close to what you’ve seen on screen”
As huge fans of both TV and movies, in 2013 the pair decided to build their summer trip to the U.K. around visiting filming locations.
“Luckily, Satu had her iPad with her and we decided to see if the photos would work with a tablet instead of a print—and they did. They got over 60,000 shares on social media so we’ve stuck with the idea ever since.”
The brand new Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, is a dream home.
Not only does it have $5,000 toilets that have seat warmers and a self-opening lid, but it has a plunge pool on the balcony, situated next to a bar and grill, according to Fox News.
But the most enticing feature for many is the first-of-its-kind fully-automated car elevator, that brings your car from the garage to your home and parks it “in a glass, fireproof room visible from the living room.”
The elevator was developed by Gil Dezer, who trademarked it the “Dezervator.” To start, you drive through three laser identifiers into the garage and park between two yellow lines and turn off the car. Then, the Dezervator takes care of the rest. The car is picked up by a dolly, which lifts it up, hooks it and pulls it into the glass-enclosed elevator, Fox explains.
The elevator takes the car up to your room anywhere in the 60-story tower and pushes it into the garage (or display room).
“I’m a guy who grew up in a family that loves cars,” said Dezer to Fox News. “And we always thought about how we could sleep with our car in the living room, so we figured ‘let’s build a building for guys just like us.”
Only six of the 132 units are available in the Porsche Design Tower, including the $32 million, 4-story penthouse.
The building cost approximately $560 million to build, according to Forbes, with an estimated sell out of $840 million. It was designed by the Porche Design Group and developed by Dezer Development.
A restored 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta — one of the last Ferraris made that was eligible to be raced at 24 Hours of Le Mans with little or no modification — will be the star of the auction. RM Sotheby’s expects the road car to sell between $8.5 million and $10 million.
If the price sends you into sticker shock, check out the other dozen Ferraris on sale in Pebble Beach August 18 and 19: