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TWN presenter braves the edge


Daniel Martins, staff writer
May 4, 2012 — Chris Mei tries out the CN Tower's EdgeWalk.


TWN presenter Chris Mei, technical producer Shawn Legg and morning show producer B.J. Stewart brave the edge.
TWN presenter Chris Mei, technical producer Shawn Legg and morning show producer B.J. Stewart brave the edge.

Chris Mei has seen the sights of Toronto many times.

Just not usually from 350 m above the ground, with nothing but a strong safety line between him and a very long step indeed.

On Wednesday, The Weather Network presenter was strapped in to the CN Tower's EdgeWalk, the outdoor experience that allows the brave and curious to see the sights of Toronto from atop the tallest free-standing structure in North America.

Mei says being up there, outside, adds a certain something to the view.

"Here's the thing: You can get that view just by going to the CN Tower and looking through a window," he says. "But this view, with the breeze blowing ... it was a humid, light breeze that made the view that much more spectacular. It was incredible. It was the most amazing view ever."

The EdgeWalk, now in its second season, has been featured on The Weather Network before, when producer B.J. Stewart and presenter Kim MacDonald braved the edge.

This year, it was Mei's turn to put aside his fear of heights.

As it turns out, he says, he only managed to suspend it temporarily.

"It surprised me how difficult it was to walk out to the edge," he says. "Even after everybody else in our group did it, I still approached it like this may be my last step in my life."

Chris Mei temporarily conquered his fear of heights to take in the view.
Chris Mei temporarily conquered his fear of heights to take in the view.

He didn't mind being near the edge, he said, it was only the daredevil antics of leaning over it that gave him pause.

"Stepping off the edge, I couldn't do," he laughs. "But I tried it, I gave it a half-hearted attempt."

Even so, he says, he never felt in any danger.

"They checked everything six times before we walked through the doors," he says. "It's ridiculously safe. It's psychotically safe. It's anal-retentively safe. But for some reason, I couldn't get over the fact that the world was moving around in front of me."

He says everyone should do the EdgeWalk at least once in their life.

How many people have looked up to the tower's lofty heights and wondered if they could step outside for a sec, Mei wonders.

"Now they've done it," he says. "It's the most incredible 'What if...' anybody's ever solved in this country."

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