invited for the KRO TV programme "Remarkable Places
of the Netherlands". I realized one of my long-time
plans: climbing on the beams of the Botlek Bridge. Angelo
was the main actor with help from Tijmen.
The very predictable opening
shots of the programme. The actors are
introduced. Angelo (Rotterdam) is the most
courageous explorer of us all and climbs
Tijmen (Maastricht) studies
Artificial Intelligence and he stumbled on UA/UE
trough railtracking. He practices parapente but
has a fear of heights.
Yours truly - with climbing gear
and a Infiltration t-shirt.
We leave Angelo's place by the
The Botlekbrug - one of the
coolest bridges in the Rotterdam Harbour. It's
one of the "old skool" bridges with
We walk towards
the target - it was hot and Angelo got quite a
sunburn. It was the same day that the Tour de
France conquered the Alp d'Huez.
The climb starts
under the bridge, first the ladder and then the
Look out for the
boats and police cars under the bridge. They can
The bridge is a pleasant and easy
Angelo's spectacular exit is
To complete the
circuit Tijmen climbs into one of the pylons of
the bridge. These are hollow and they have a hole
in the bottom.
Through the bottom hole you can
exit under the bridge.
And the camera team descends
from the bridge the normal way.