Ramps are not only used for disabled access, truck loading and cable protection – there are many different functions and sizes of ramps all around the world. Some can be terrifying, the others are there to save lives. Here at The Ramp People we work with all kinds of ramps every day and we’ve found 6 of the best and most different ramps from all over the globe for you to experience all the different uses.
1) Runaway Truck Ramp
These ramps are quite common in the mountainous regions of America, and have existed for decades. They cleverly offer an alternative braking system for drivers in malfunctioning vehicles to avoid accidents.
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2) Bob Burnquist’s skate board ramp
Professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist was able to build the world’s highest mega ramp in his back garden in 2006. This ramp not only fulfills a childhood dream, it’s a world record breaker sitting at 8 stories high and costing $280,000.
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3) Hang gliding Brazil
Hang gliding is a sport loved across the world, and there are numerous ways to launch a hang glider wherever you are. These methods including running down a hill, being towed behind a plane or even towed by a boat in similar fashion. Many of the launch ramps can be found up very high and looking over immense drops and spectacular landscapes.
5) Water ramps
Water has always provided a great basis for a soft landing and is widely used for training in all kinds of sports – not just for divers! Freestyle skiiers and snowboarders can travel down the ramp at normal speed, practice their trick and land in the safety of the water without having to risk any serious injuries before the main event.
6) Masada Ramp, Israel
The Masada Ramp was built in the year 73 CE by a 4/5’000-strong army belonging to Roman governor Lucius Flavius Silva. He needed this ramp for the purpose of building a ramp to the inaccessible Masada fortress which is essentially an enormous chunk of rock sitting in the Judean Desert.