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Step into the void in new stunning Alps skywalk

Ben McPartland · 19 Dec 2013, 09:27

Published: 19 Dec 2013 09:27 GMT+01:00

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If you have ever wondered what it must feel like to step out, off the edge of a cliff 1,000 metres off the valley floor then make your way to Chamonix in the French Alps and you'll find out.

On Saturday, December 21, a new attraction, that cost half a million euros and two years to construct, is set to open up high up on the ridge of the Aiguille du Midi peak, in the Mont Blanc Massif range.

‘Step Into the Void’ (Pas dans le Vide) as it has been named is the creation of the tourist firm Compagnie du Mont Blanc and at 3,842 metres up in the French Alps it is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Stepping out into the glass box, which measures 2m wide and 2.45m in height, gives sightseers a unique and stomach churning view of the valley below, by looking right down between their legs.

Separating the brave from the abyss is just three layers of glass, each one 12mm thick, made by a specialist French glazing company. The five sides of the box are held together by specially made fasteners.

The box is designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions up in the mountains, where winds can exceed 200km/h and temperatures can dip below minus 30°C.

Would you like to step in to the void? View these image here first and tell us if you would do it.

In Images: 'Step into the void' high above French Alps

And if the images are not enough for you then you can watch this promotional video made by the Compagnie du Mont Blanc.

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Or this video taken from a helicopter.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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