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"There has to be a willingness and curiosity to
take that first step. When you're willing and you've
already assigned yourself to taking that first step
you've already made it on the pit."
Amanda Dennison, Fire-walker
Fri. June 17th
Walking across a bed of coals is making
a Grande Prairie woman a burning
Not only is the Guinness Book of World
Records looking at 24-year-old Amanda
Dennison's feat of fire-walking for 220
feet, but Ripley's Believe It or Not has
also contacted her for possible inclusion.
"I've actually had a lot more people
excited about Ripley's that about
Guinness," said Dennison.
"I think that Ripley's is kind of more
exciting because I never expected it. I
never looked them up, they actually
looked me up, so it was an unexpected
bonus, for sure."
Dennison made the record-breaking
attempt Wednesday night at the Country
Roads RV Park by making two passes
down a 110 foot bed of coals. The
current record is 167 feet.
"It was a great night last night," Said
Dennison on Thursday, "a lot of energy
ad a lot of community support and it was
an absolutely amazing thing."
The night was a culmination of four
months of sifting through all the fin print
Guinness had given her in order to make
sure the attempt was declared valid, such
as documenting the walk, having doctors
sign off that she was healthy to perform
the stunt, and having a nurse on site to
check her feet before and after she walk.
Fire-walking is a purely mental effort,
said Dennison, a fire-walker for tree
years and a certified instructor since last
December from Fire-walking guru Tolly
Burkan. It takes a firm mind to commit to
the first step and every step after needed
to get to the other side.
"There has to be a willingness and
curiosity to take that first step. When
you're willing and you've already
assigned yourself to taking that first step,
you've already made it on the pit," said
"What brings you to the end of that pit is
very individual. For some people, they
are so sick and tired of not experiencing
and holding themselves back and
watching their friends do things that, for
whatever reason, they're afraid to do.
For some people, it's the anger of what
they've not experienced that gets them
there. For some people, it's a very
peaceful, loving, energy that gets them
there. They see the love and the
environment and the transformation of
Before putting the foot to the cols,
Dennison composes herself by listening
to whatever music happens to be
picking her up that week. When she
does step into that pit, it's a feeling like
"It's the most connected, centered
feeling. It's actually very indescribable,
but I've never felt so sure of what we are
capable of on this planet. You've never
felt so connected with who you are on
the inside of who you might be choosing
to be each day for whatever comfort
MIND OVER MATTER
While scientist have theories for why
fire-walkers don't get burnt, fire-walking
is mind over matter and can't be broken
down to science, said Dennison.
"I believe it can be broken down to a
energetic level. I've always believed
we're always vibrating. Every one of our
cells is vibrating, all day every day and
fire is a vibrating energy as well. When
you can realize that a fire is vibrating,
say at a level of 10, if you inside choose
that you're vibrating at a level of 11 and
acknowledge and walk in that knowing
that I'm an 11, then you're not going to
burn. It's accepting that your energy an
be equal to if not more than a fire"
Having said that, the mind can't be
trusted to control everything. Plenty of
safety precautions have to take place in
order for fire-walk without losing your
feet in the flames. The pit has to be
perfect, laid out evenly, with all the wood
burned down to coal and not containing
any still-burning wood.
It's difficult enough getting a 10-foot pit
just right, a 110-foot pit is on an entirely
different scale. Working with a pit crew of
20, led by experienced pit master
Roberta Brunin and including her fellow
fire-walker fiancé Jason Ewer, it took an
hour and a half from the time the fire was
let before it was ready for Dennison.
Walking a pit much longer than she's
used to took some extra mental effort.
Halfway through, she was starting to feel
"My feet wanted off. You just take that,
let those thoughts go, breathe and trust
that your going to see through your
vision and get through to the other side."
In order for Guinness to consider the
feat a record, Dennison needed to walk
to one end and then make a return trip
without leaving the coals. Normally, there
are no turnarounds in a fire-walking, as
planting the foot to turn can burn the
foot. Dennison had to learn to do an arc
at the end of the pit to avoid planting the
With her feet hotter than she expected at
the turning point, Dennison did lose her
cool just a little and planted her foot in
too much of a hurry to turn around,
causing blisters on her foot.
The record-breaking attempt was done
in support of Sun FM Kev's Kids.
Guinness is being sent the evidence for
the record and its not known whey they
will declare Weather Dennison will make
it into the Book of Records or not.
|Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Friday June 17th PG.4
Kevin Crush - Herald-Tribune Staff
|Fire-Walker officially in
the record books
Fri. Aug 5th
Grande Prairie's Amanda Dennison as
stepped her way into the Guinness
Book of World Records by walking
across a hot bed of coals for 220 feet-
the longest fire-walk ever recorded.
Guinness has now confirmed that
Dennison's walk will be included as the
current world Record.
"I'm very excited and proud," said
Dennison, who plans on doing a
fire-walking demonstration at the
Corral tonight. Getting into the Book of
World Records can be an arduous
task with all the rules Guinness sets
out to ensure accuracy in record
attempts. Dennison was confident she
would make it in.
"I knew that it was going to come
through because of how extensively
we put together the package with all
the officials and photographers that
did come out. What surprised me was
how quickly they did respond."
Dennison, 24, made the attempt at the
Country Roads RV Park on June 15,
walking down a 110-foot coal bed
before turning and heading back the
other way to make up the total
distance of 220 feet.
According to rules set out by
Guinness, in order for Dennison to be
included in the book she needed to
have a turn in the walk.
Turns in a fire-walk, Dennison said
earlier, are the most dangerous as a
foot can end up being planted
motionless in the coals for too long,
leading to injuries.
Fortunately, Dennison came through
the record-breaker relatively
unscathed with only blisters and
ash-blackened feet to show for her
The previous world record for the
longest fire walk was 167 feet.
Building the proper pit was days in the
making, first with dragging the wood to
the site and then spending 90 min
burning it to create suitable coals foot
the fire-walk. A crew of 20 people
helped prepare the pit.
|Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Friday Aug. 5th
Kevin Crush - Herald-Tribune Staff
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