10 Of The World's Scariest Bridges
Would you cross these terrifying structures?
Whenever I see an insanely-high bridge, I always think of the poor bugger who has to build it.
Perched over icy precipices and raging, piranha-infested rivers, these men slog away without presumably dwelling on the high chance that they might fall hundreds of feet to their death.
There's plenty of factors that makes bridges heart-stoppingly terrifying. Great heights is one. Disregard for safety barriers or even a stable floor is another.
If you're scared of heights, look away now...
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is spectacular, but it doesn't have the same fear factor as some of these engineering feats.
We've put together the scariest bridges across the world - from an ancient handwoven Inca overpass in Peru to rickety wooden constructions in Pakistan that creak in the wind.
If you're scared of heights, look away now. However, if you've always seen yourself as a bit of an Indiana Jones, then delve right in...
P.S. In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, they built the suspension bridge (above) over a gorge in Sri Lanka for the film. Apparently director Steven Spielberg refused to walk across it, so had to drive a mile and a half to reach the other side for filming!
[part title="Trift Glacier Suspension Bridge, Switzerland"]
Wait, there's a bridge in this picture? Ohh, hang on. Yep that's it with those tiny ant-like figures hanging over a 300ft drop.
The Trift suspension bridge is the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Alps at 560ft. Winds can blow through the gorge at 124mph, so the original bridge was replaced with this one to prevent it swaying too much.
Now 20,000 people visit it per year. It looks spectacularly beautiful here, but you wouldn't want to get stuck up there when a blizzard is on its way...
[part title="Musou Tsuribashi, Japan"]
This 60-year-old bridge is hidden deep in the southern Akaishi mountains of Japan. It is so remote that very little is known about why it was built.
'Musou Tsuribashi' literally means 'Matchless Suspension Bridge' in Japanese. The name doesn't lie, no one has ever discovered an older or more sketchy bridge in the country.
It is constructed using wire and thin wooden boards to provide a walkway down the centre of the bridge. You can see in the video above that it's basically a Health and Safety nightmare. Just listen to that wind whistle around the camera and the creaking sound with every step!
It's not even easy to reach the bridge. You have to clamber up the side of a mountain with only metal chains to hold onto for support.
[part title="Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Borit Lake, Pakistan"]
Nothing about this bridge inspires confidence. It is made of rope and rickety planks with huge gaps between them. Just to make you feel more secure, the remnants of a similar bridge is left in tatters on the right-hand side.
It is probably the worst still-functioning bridge in the world, yet tourists flock from around the world to test their nerves on this crumbling structure.
Located in the remote remote region of Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan, it is thought to have been built by locals as a way of getting through the treacherous mountain terrain. Needless to say, they weren't that fussed about maintaining it.
[part title="Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada"]
Perched 230ft above the Capilano River in Vancouver, this suspension bridge is not for the faint-hearted. Visitors walk across the swaying rope bridge in single file, trying not to look down at the river below.
The bridge has seen its fair share of tragedy. Back in 2010, a teenage tourist high on LSD climbed over the fencing and fell to his death. Ten years earlier, a mother dropped her eighteen month-old, disabled child off the bridge, claiming she stumbled and the kid slipped out of her hands. Amazingly, the child was unharmed.
[part title="Quepos Bridge, Costa Rica"]
They call this the Bridge of Death. It barely looks like it could hold a bicycle, let alone a 30 tonne lorry. But trucks cross this deathtrap on a regular basis, driving from Jaco to Quepos in Costa Rica. It hasn't collapsed.... yet.
Watch the video below to see how insanely sketchy it sound when you drive across it. Just listen to the iron groan under the weight...
[part title="Aiguille du Midi Bridge, France"]
This bridge may be small, but it is no less terrifying. It has to be the highest in our collection, measuring at 12,500ft above sea level.
It has been drilled into the Aiguille du Midi mountain in Chamonix with views towards Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe.
They've just built a glass skywalk alongside it, so if the bridge isn't enough to scare you witless, you can finish by stepping on a glass floor over a 1,000ft precipice.
Oh yeah, and obviously this dude decided it would be a good idea to fly under it using a wingsuit...
[part title="Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Bridge, Argentina"]
So this isn't exactly the kind of bridge you'd drive a car over, but it is part of the epic Patagonian ice fields in southern Argentina.
Ice bridges form all over the world, but this one is one of the most spectacular and easy to view for yourself. It's thought to weigh several thousand tonnes. It ruptures and reforms every one to five years.
These people saw it collapse just last year. How great is the round of applause going on in the background. Saying that, you wouldn't want to be stood on top of it when it falls....
[part title="Devil's Bridge, Arizona, USA"]
Here's another naturally formed 50ft bridge, deep in the desert of Sedona, Arizona. Hikers walk across it on a regular basis to check out the spectacular canyon views.
All I'd be thinking is that one day, the centre will crack and it won't be a pretty sight.
[part title="Qeswachaka Bridge, Peru"]
Would you walk over a handwoven bridge?
This is the oldest surviving Inca rope bridge in the world. It's made from grass ropes and matting that the local residents weave themselves. They still use these materials to repair the bridge by hand every June. Traditionally, these bridges could last up to 500 years.
It's 118ft long and is suspended 220ft above the Apurimac River. During the rainy season, the river turns into a raging torrent below.
[part title="The Stone Bridge, Huangshan, China"]
Finally, this terrifying overpass is built into the granite mountains of Huangshan, China. It forms a traverse over the gorge below, giving you a spectacular view over the mountain range.
Rumour has it that James Cameron was inspired by this landscape when he created his film Avatar.
There's an ornately carved main pathway but also a sketchy-looking alternative along the side of the cliff. It's made from wooden boards with just a metal chain to hold on to. Fancy trying it out?