All you thrill seekers can now get an adrenaline rush merely by standing still. Step Into the Void, which just opened, induces major pulse pumping with no physical exertion. Entering this glass room suspended off the uppermost terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak in the French Alps will give you the sensation of walking on air. To get there take the world’s highest vertical ascent cable car with its picturesque views extending to Italy and Switzerland. This is only about a 20-minute ride, but keep in mind, Midi is no ordinary mountain…it’s Europe’s highest peak. And when you Step Into the Void, take the time to fully appreciate your clear view of the 3,395 foot drop below your feet. This is not for the faint of heart!
But why stop at that? Next you can take the Vallée Blanche ski run with a vertical descent of almost 9,000 feet into the Mount Blanc massif…the largest glaciated domain in the Alps. The Aiguille du Midi summit is the closest you can get to Mont Blanc without strapping on a pair of crampons and going all in. Follow this up with the hut-to-hut hiking trip through France, Italy and Switzerland featured in my book The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. It’s for true sports lovers, and if you haven’t guessed, it comes with an avalanche of interesting athletic men. We all know what that means…well-toned:)
For those of you haunted by heights, rest assured that in future weeks I’ll have travel posts you’ll enjoy. For now, I think the closest you should get to Step Into the Void are these pictures!