Beginning footage of Blind Quest in Savannah Ga.
(Link to clip at the bottom of the page)
The clip is of the step climbing portion of the presentation.
The equivalent of a thirty foot stone ladder.
The treads of the steps are worn and slope to the middle some slope forward also as you can see on the clip making them all unique and uneven. They are narrower, higher and steeper than conventional/modern steps. The railing is also about 8 inches lower than a conventional railing.
You will notice that I am leaning forward and my knees are bent. Keeping the stilts at a forward angle. It is necessary to keep your weight forward on the toes. If you were to place weight on the heals you would fall backward (There was not enough room to place the entire stilt foot on the step because they are so narrow) If you do fall backward your head would hit the stone steps from a height of at least twelve feet by the time you are on the third step. (Approximately 16 to 20 feet to head impact further up and about thirty if I would be unlucky enough to fall forward over the rail from the top). And as most will realize you would more than likely encounter several harsh edges.
You can see from the first part of the steps clip that the rail comes up to about my knee. As a friend pointed out if you were to begin falling back you could not stop yourself because the stilts being stiff would prevent you from dropping down low enough to save yourself. Kind of like riding a falling ladder down to the ground but being attached to it. Hence another reason to insure that if I did fall I would fall forward.
Also you will note the toes of the stilts flexing making it harder to balance. Remember these are sheet rockers stilts and are made to do that. But you are also to only walk flat footed on the things and not on uneven ground or steps. That is what their instruction manual says.
Being on the stilts changes your center of gravity so your balance is not only compromised by lack of vision but also a shift in your natural balance point.
Most dangerous part of the climb was the last ten steps. The last three steps are worn very badly and were especially troublesome. (As can be seen on the footage)
This footage will be part of the Paranormalist video production.
Note these steps are considered the most dangerous steps in Savannah.
This is only the beginning footage from the experiment.
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