Humanity is king when it comes to heights. Man can make tumbling out of space look effortless. Our minds invented the aeroplane, which we then throw our bodies out of. There becomes a point in the battle of height where the line between what our minds have achieved and what our bodies have achieved becomes blurred.
The question is: Do we get higher by our own bodily endeavours – or do our minds do it for us? Niftylift have looked at how we have used both our bodies and our minds to achieve the greatest of heights in some of the greatest endeavours and engineering projects to date.
Body: natural heights of skill
Highest skydive: In 2014, Alan Eustace plummeted 135,890ft at around 800mph from a balloon above Earth. He beat the world record by more than 7,000ft.
The tallest man: At 8ft 11.1/2.72m, the title for the world’s tallest man was claimed by Robert Wadlow.
Highest high jump: In March 1989, Javier Sotomayor jumped 2.45m/8.04ft high which is said to be the highest high jump ever recorded.
Highest bungee jump: At 321m, The Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, United States Is the highest bungee jump point.
Highest mountain ascent: The summit of Mount Everest is the highest any human has ever climbed, which is 848m/29,029ft.
Highest human away from Earth: The crew of Apollo 13 were, at one point in their spaceflight, 400,171km/248,655miles away from Earth!
Mind: the heights we build to
Highest bridge: France is home to the Millau Viaduct, which takes the title for highest structural height at 343m/1,125ft above ground (that is a whole 19m taller than the Eiffel Tower). Although it is not world’s highest bridge for deck height, it still soars 270m/890ft above the valley floor.
Highest skyscraper: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is 829.8m/2,722ft. It seems huge when you compare it to the second tallest building…Shanghai Tower which is 192m smaller than the Burj Khalifa, however it is only 1/10th of the height of Mount Everest.
Tallest cherry picker: Some of the world’s tallest cherry pickers reach 61m/200ft.
Highest object in space: The International Space Station takes this title orbiting at 400km/248.5 miles away from planet earth.
Highest church: The current title is held by the Ulm Minster in Germany at 161.5m/530ft, but it is forecasted to be taken by the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona by 2026 when the construction of the 560ft building is complete.
Tallest monument: Gateway Arch in Missouri is the world’s tallest arch at 630-foot (192 m) and was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1963.
Whether it is our mind or our bodies that exceed these heights, humans have an impressive reputation when it comes to height achievements. Whether we are tumbling out of space, or riding an elevator up the world’s tallest building, we seem to have a real obsession with heights.