High strung rope specialists gather Brewster Skywalk waste
Global rope access, a specialized rope access company based in canmore, was helping brewster travel clean up its act last week.
For three days in late August, GRA was contracted by Brewster to pick up litter and other detritus from beneath the Glacier Skywalk.
“We get into places that are hard to reach,” said technician Andrew Worthington.
The Skywalk’s distinctive glass floored platform suspends visitors hundreds of feet above the Sunwapta Valley.
To access the steep terrain where litter has accumulated over the course of the summer, GRA technicians suspended on 180-foot free-hanging ropes anchored to the walkway. Two hours of foraging produced a bag full of sunglasses, cameras, hats, umbrellas and other waste.
“I think this is yours,” Cara Brock joked as she handed a banged-up audio tour headset to Icefields Centre GM Rusty Noble.
“I wonder if we can salvage that?” Noble laughed.
The day before, the team found garbage that pre-dated the construction of the Skywalk: propane tanks, garbage cans, beverage containers and tires, for example.
“It could definitely do with a clean-up,” Worthington said.
The Columbia Icefields Centre is visited by 300,000 visitors per year.
Brewster projected that approximately 200,000 guests would gape through the glass into the gorge in 2015. This is the second clean up that GRA has performed at the Skywalk. Next spring, they will wash the underside of the glass platform.