Despite being on the other side of the world – the Sky Tower in Auckland was the first venue to embrace the Challenge giving me permission for a public performance…9 months later and suddenly the welcome took on a more terrifying aspect, with minimal notice (probably a blessing) it became clear that a more iconic presentation was anticipated…
This was without doubt the most personal testing moment of the whole challenge – 192 metres above the ground. Fearful of heights I felt as if I had stepped out into space. When I tried to look at something -there was nothing, only a vastness of sky that was absolutely mind blowing. As I slowly proceeded along the narrow ledge, I concentrated on my breathing and putting one foot in front of the other, culminating in being able to take in the magnificent 360 degree view around the Harbour and over Hauraki Gulf.
On striking up my pipes -loud and proud I couldn’t move my feet or in fact feel them as my shoes had been strapped on with duck tape but I could feel the slightest change in the movement of the wind! My heart felt as if it was in my mouth and although I felt scared I was in the midst of a massive adrenaline rush knowing that I was about to achieve my fourth continent in such grand style!
Leading the way on the return I remained calm and focussed but it was with a huge sense of relief mixed with elation as I walked through the gate. Jessica Mutch TVNZ was waiting to interview me to see my immediate reaction which was shown on the news that night. A truly incredible experience and if you can appreciate the guts that it took to do this then please make a donation – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/bagpipetheworld