On Tuesday 10th October, Bill Nye the Science Guy, the popular American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer conquered one of the most recognisable engineering features in the world by climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Nye, who was in Sydney for a one night live show at the Sydney Opera House, was guided to the top, 134 metres above the sparkling harbour, by a BridgeClimb Climb Leader, revealing the secrets of the City and history of the harbour and the construction of the Bridge in the 1930s.
Unsurprisingly, Nye was fascinated by the statistical facts and figures of the iconic structure, such as the 6 million rivets that hold it together. He was also taken by the view, telling the BridgeClimb team “This climb is beautiful and inspiring, take in the view then help save the world.”
Nye was particularly impressed by the robust safety procedures in place today and the comparatively sparse safety procedures in place in the 1930s when the Bridge was built.
Along with two other climbers, Nye was asked to participate in a re-enactment of “The Rivet Toss”. Together with the Rivet Tosser and the Rivet Catcher, Nye was assigned the role of the construction worker who held a wooden block to steady each white hot rivets as it was driven into the steel structure.
The science star walked in the footsteps of celebrities, royalty and famous athletes who have climbed the famous steel arches before him whilst in Sydney.
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