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6. The Telepherique du Pic du Midi, La Mongie, France

16:00 12th December 2013 by Chris Moran @chrismoranACM


Photo: Andoni Epelde


Type: Cablecar.

Route: From Campan to the top of La Mongie. A ball-bag tightening span and no mistake.

Height: At its highest point, the cars are ludicrously high. They seemed reluctant to release the precise figure but check the picture!

Age: Built in 2000, it’s just over a decade old.

What happens? Simple: this is the classic cable car where the designers looked the options and decided that the best way to span the gap was to just go for it. Who cares if that means dangling thousands of feet in the air? Now pass me that bottle of Pastis and lets get this thing made Pierre.

Dangers: Not many. This is new technology with all the latest safety features.

Random fact: La Mongie is the closest resort to Hossegor and Biarritz. So you could shit yourself on the cable car then go and get an utter drubbing in the triple overhead waves too. What a weekend.

Chance of it coming off the cable: Low.

Don’t get on… If you’re claustrophobic – the lifties cram the cars to their 50 person capacity.


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