Monday, December 08, 2008

Living Vicariously

If you have any sort of fear of heights, you probably shouldn't watch this video. Ah, what the hey...even if you do suffer vertigo easily, watch this video.



Frak.

El Caminito del Rey (The King's pathway) is a walkway or via ferrata, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in Málaga, Spain. The walkway has now gone many years without maintenance, and is in a highly deteriorated and dangerous state. It is one meter (3 feet) in width, and is over 200 meters (700 feet) above the river. Nearly all of the path has no handrail. After four people died in two accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed the entrances; however, adventurous tourists still find their way into the walkway.

Personally, that's one walk I'd like to take myself...but I know a lot of people who wouldn't even be able to start up the hill, much less step one foot on the pathway. Watch this vid however, and they can a healthy dose of 'whoa' without fearing for their life.

To see what others have seen and experienced...amazing things that we may never see or experience ourselves...that's one wicked upside to the youtubes and the internets and such.


H/T to Aaron Moore

4 comments:

morjana said...

Holy...whirling dizziness!

Yikes!

Now, if there had a been a Baskin Robbins at the end of the trail maybe...

Shudder.

Very pretty.

Thanks for sharing.

Will P said...

Insane without a camera strapped to your body.
Beyond insane with one.

M said...

I think I would become the next accident there yet somehow the danger intrigues.

Jane said...

No freakin' way!