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#1 nuckin_futz

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

Snow and ice make China's Mount Hua pilgrimage especially dangerous

The five peaks of Mount Hua have been vertical sanctuaries for monks, hermits, and spiritual seekers, especially Taoists, for centuries, but to get to them pilgrims must cross treacherous trails, such as those made from links of chain and wooden planks joined by iron staples. And now with winter approaching, it's the most dangerous time of year to attempt what could be the most dangerous hike in the world. All five peaks are joined by steep, narrow trails, stairs, and ladders, and dotted with temples and lookout points. Though some peaks involve riskier ascents than others, all hikes require slow and steady climbing along the trails, or you'll risk a speedy decent. Numerous visitors have embarked on the hike and never returned, although the Chinese government isn't saying how many. Check out this skyscraping trek below.

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If you miss a step here, it's a mile to the ground.

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With a surge in Western tourism, and following numerous deaths, some of the more dangerous routes have been retooled or closed off altogether. The harrowing ladder above was apparently safe enough.

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It's a centuries-long tradition, still followed by many Chinese today, to climb Mount Hua at night. Many report it's actually easier to tackle in the dark since you can't look down and get scared.

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The Plank Walk, the most famous, and dangerous, trek on Mount Hua, joins the north and south peaks. A more benign, alternative trail has been opened but many continue to test their courage and luck by hugging the sheer rock.

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It's not all vertiginous tightrope walking. Most of the trails are wide enough that you need not turn sideways, at least as long as no one's coming the other way.

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It's no wonder hermits climbed these peaks to get away from it all. Even with the handy stairs in place, it's a hike that would put most off.

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Mount Hua greets visitors year-round. Ice and snow don't scare the ambitious, or foolhardy, away.

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Padlocks left by couples line many of the chain handrails along the trails of Mount Hua. The tradition is to secure the lock and throw the key off the mountain to symbolize eternal love and commitment.

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Of course, with a view like this to greet you at the top, all that dangerous climbing seems worthwhile.

Edited by nuckin_futz, 13 December 2012 - 02:12 PM.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

And people get scared going over the Capilano Suspension Bridge :lol:
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

So these guys can build a sky-scraper in a day, but can't build safer walk-ways than rickety planks of wood nailed together?!?

Or is that whole danger part a part of the whole attraction?!?
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:21 PM

I just pooped my pants.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

I couldn't do it.

I get nervous when I have to go up on the roof of my house.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

^ 'Tis the danger throughout the journey that makes the hike so attractive.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

I couldn't do it.

I get nervous when I have to go up on the roof of my house.


I'd rather go up that trail than go up on a roof.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

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If you miss a step here, it's a mile to the ground.



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It's a centuries-long tradition, still followed by many Chinese today, to climb Mount Hua at night. Many report it's actually easier to tackle in the dark since you can't look down and get scared.

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The Plank Walk, the most famous, and dangerous, trek on Mount Hua, joins the north and south peaks. A more benign, alternative trail has been opened but many continue to test their courage and luck by hugging the sheer rock.


Not in this lifetime or the next or even the one after that :sick: :sadno:
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

My palms are all sweaty.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:30 PM

There was a day I would have loved that hike .. no longer .. I avoid step-up ladders now ..
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:36 PM

Im shaking just looking at those pics :mellow:
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

YOLO
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

I'd rather go up that trail than go up on a roof.


It would certainly be more of an accomplishment, but if I fall off my roof, I'll likely only suffer bruises or maybe a broken bone or two. If I fall off that trail, I wouldn't be able to tell my grandchildren about it.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:54 PM

If someone could mountain bike on that, that would be the accomplishment of the decade.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:03 PM

Although scary, it's not quite as extreme as made out to be. THe people are wearing a harness and are attached to the metal chains by a caribeaner.

A youtube video from the same people in the pics:



Still say the El-Camino del Rey is a much much scarier hike:


Also features the harness and caribeaner system.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:06 PM

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

I used to scaffold and I've been on heights that will make you crap your pants...but that hike is off-limits for me, no way!
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:14 PM

I'd rather go up that trail than go up on a roof.


As someone who cleans roofs for a living, NUH UH!
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:46 PM

I couldn't do it.

I get nervous when I have to go up on the roof of my house.


haha me too man
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:49 PM

YOLO


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:57 PM

Reminds me of the Camino del Rey in El Chorro, Spain.



Edit: taxi beat me to it.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

looks like i know what i'm gonna do next summer
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:04 PM

Good pictures. I will leave it at that.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:30 PM

Reminds me of the Camino del Rey in El Chorro, Spain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmDhRvvs5Xw

Edit: taxi beat me to it.


See, if you're going to do a hike like that the views would need to be pretty special. And to be honest, they're not...

The scale of the gorge is impressive, but other than that it's nothing to write home about.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:05 PM

I got scared just looking at that drop...
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

You guys are such girls.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:52 AM

You guys are such girls.


Good luck, I want pics btw. :P
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:40 AM

So these guys can build a sky-scraper in a day, but can't build safer walk-ways than rickety planks of wood nailed together?!?

Or is that whole danger part a part of the whole attraction?!?


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:02 AM

I would do it... if it weren't in CHINA!!! I'm more scared of the stall-less/toilet-less bathrooms and questionable food than the hike.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:16 AM

If you make it to the top, how do you get down? Do the whole thing in reverse?!
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