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Hanging (From) Steel
Posted by Tom Klemens on July 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM.


The Flying Dutchman attraction at the Mall of America offers an excellent view from 56 ft above the main floor of the Nickelodeon Universe theme park.


If you happen to be including a visit to the Mall of America near Minneapolis in your summer (or future) travel plans, be sure to set aside a few minutes to tackle the Flying Dutchman, especially if the kids are with you. Tucked in the corner of the mall’s enclosed theme park, Nickelodeon Universe, this climbing adventure experience gives you a first-hand look at what it’s like to be tied off to steel framing six stories up.


For a very reasonable fee (about $6, if that’s all you choose to do) participants don a full-body harness and climb to the top of the steel framework. Then, fully tethered, they go back and forth across cables, beams and other tenuous crossings as they work their way back down to terra firma.


Although this attraction has a pirate ship theme — hence its name, the Flying Dutchman — it provides a good approximation of what it’s like to navigate steel framework before the rest of the structure is in place. It claims to be the tallest Sky Trail ropes course in the world, challenging guests to climb 56 feet above Nickelodeoimg_4687_10001.jpgn Universe.


Incidentally, the track for the sliding tether anchorage makes for some pretty fancy connections. Click the photo to see one close up.

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