Against her better judgment, Chris Gitelson follows her childhood friend, Aileen Sesso, onto the glass floor of the Glacier Skywalk and sits down.
They’re 280 metres above the Sunwapta Valley, a canyon with the Sunwapta River running through it, on opening day for the skywalk, a controversial development in Jasper National Park.
I can’t stay here. I can’t. I can’t believe I’m sitting out here
“I love it,” said Ms. Sesso. “I have a keen sense of adventure, so this is not scary for me.”
Ms. Gitelson isn’t so sure.
“I haven’t really looked down yet,” she said. “Oh, my God. Oh, I can’t stay here. I can’t. I can’t believe I’m sitting out here. You made me do this.”
Ms. Sesso, who has been friends with Ms. Gitelson since they were Grade 1 classmates in Brooklyn, N.Y., laughs.
“You don’t even want to know the things I made her do when we were kids,” said Ms. Sesso, as the pair embarks on their latest adventure in the Canadian Rockies with their husbands.