By Katie Mullock
A daredevil teen who wanted to do ‘something different’ when getting a picture of an iconic bridge climbed over the edge and dangled by ONE ARM – with a 260-foot drop below.
Dante Wardlaw stopped off to take a photo of the breath-taking view from Bixby creek bridge in Big Sur, California, but decided to get his own take on it.
Setting up his camera looking across the bridge, Dante climbed over the concrete wall and suspended himself with one hand, while his feet dangled off the edge.
Moments after getting his picture, the 18-year-old spotted a police helicopter approach the bridge, which he believes was watching him.
Dante said: “Me being me wanted to get a sweet photo of myself dangling off the side of the bridge with one hand.
“Being that it’s a very iconic landmark and everyone has the same photo, I wanted to change it up and do something a bit different.
“I set up my camera on a timer and tripod and ran out to the centre of the bridge. I got a good hold of the side and climbed over, meanwhile there were cars traveling at highway speed’s passing by only a few feet away.
“My parents were not as stoked about the stunt as I was but appreciated the photo none the less.
“They thought it was a cool picture but we’re not happy about me dangling off the bridge.”
The 260-foot drop didn’t faze Dante – though he acknowledges it would have killed him ‘instantly’ if he were to have slipped.
Dante said: “Once I was on the other side and standing on the edge while holding the railing the view blew me away.
“I was not worried I would fall because I am confident in my abilities.
“This was a moderately dangerous start compared to other things I have done in the past. Everything was very solid and I was confident in my grip.
“Of course, there’s a chance I could fall. If I was to fall I would have died instantly.
“Looking out over Big Sur California the views are unlike any other in the world. It is truly one of my favourite places in the United States.
“It was really peaceful dangling off the bridge and felt good. Sort of like a drug feeling. That’s what adrenaline is. A drug, at least for me.
“Looking straight down 260 feet to a dry riverbed holding onto course concrete with one hand is something special.
“I’m pretty sure some of the tourists and passersby saw me for sure. It seems like people got a little bit scared when I went over the railing and hung off the side.”
The view is one of the most photographed bridges in California due to its incredible surroundings and being one of the tallest single span concrete bridges in the world.