A few people have made negative comments about the express climb only climbing the inner arch, but we loved it. We decided on this particular climb because with 2 teens (13 & 15), we just knew that they would not want to hear all about the history of the bridge. The express climb was quicker (2 hours), however, we did still get a teriffic amount of information via the headphones we wore as we climbed. We didn't stop as often as the other climbs. We did climb up the inner arch, as some reviews have said, however we also climbed onto the top arch, and walked across the very top of the bridge right between the flags. It was a fantastic experience and, although it costs a lot, I would recommend it to friends. We paid online several months earlier, so the cost was not on our minds and we really enjoyed the experience. We also did it while our eldest was still 15 and considered a "child" for pricing purposes.
This was a slick operation, with very little mucking around. You go into a room where you stand on a dot on the floor and walk in a cirlce as they look you up and down and hand you your outfit...not attractive!
The belts are all hung on a rail, and everybody stands in front of it and are instructed how to put it on.
You are mic'd up with headphones and a reciever. I was not too fussed about this but it really added to the climb because our leader gave us a lot of great info and I didn't feel like I was just walking and walking.
You aren't allowed to take cameras, or even dangly earrings, but we paid for the 2 photos, and we'll keep it forever! The leader has done this a thousand times and quickly got each of us into a position to take the photo. There certainly wasn't a lot of hanging around. I also believe that the express climb has less participants.
I'd say "do it".
We caught the ferry under the bridge the next day and appreciated how high we had climbed.
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