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Hike may be world's most dangerous

 Hike may be world's most dangerous
topic by UpTownBronx92 - 12-12-2012, 06:47 PM - Boxden > Wild videos, news, and other media

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.

If you miss a step here, it's a mile to the ground. Image by Aaron D. Feen

With a surge in Western tourism, and following numerous [rip]s, some of the more dangerous routes have been retooled or closed off altogether. The harrowing ladder above was apparently safe enough. Image by Clint Koehler

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. Image by Aaron D. Feen

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. Image by Aaron D. Feen
(***** people)

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. Image by Ian Armstrong

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24 comments for "Hike may be world's most dangerous"

 12-12-2012, 06:49 PMaway - #2
UpTownBronx92 202 heat pts202

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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. Image by Kevin Felt

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

The always dangerous trails are doubly so in winter, as ice makes the steep climb slippery. Image by China Off Season

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. Image by Simon

Of course, with a view like this to greet you at the top, all that dangerous climbing seems worthwhile. Image by Dave Morrow
 12-12-2012, 08:55 PMonline - #3
Greece 7 heat pts

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How did the planks get laid?
 12-12-2012, 09:11 PMaway - #4
Sniggit 10 heat pts10

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some people just cant appreciate life, they have to get that adrenaline rush

wouldnt do that for a million, n thats the truth

Originally Posted by KnickKilla92

(Chink people)
 12-12-2012, 10:33 PMaway - #5
freshprinceoba 17 heat pts17

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im white, id do it

Originally Posted by Greece

How did the planks get laid?
they got nailed
 12-13-2012, 08:16 AMaway - #6
lboog1423 173 heat pts173

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 12-13-2012, 04:23 PMaway - #7
Ed Bundy 

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thats some uncharted !! right there

id give it a try ..!! it
 12-13-2012, 04:23 PMaway - #8
white-chocolate 107 heat pts107

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don't know about doing that !! in rain but snow would be dope and of course sun
 12-13-2012, 04:31 PMaway - #9
NateRight 5 heat pts

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well that's one place i'll never go. jesus christ that's insane
 12-13-2012, 04:38 PMaway - #10
ddash 1 heat pts

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W**** People
 12-13-2012, 05:04 PMaway - #11
tanman10 2 heat pts

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hands started getting sweaty just looking at the pics
 12-13-2012, 05:07 PMonline - #12
sm00vb0iiw0nder 3 heat pts

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Originally Posted by white-chocolate
don't know about doing that !! in rain but snow would be dope and of course sun
 12-13-2012, 05:27 PMaway - #13
TriniSoldier 55 heat pts55

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I'd have to be anorexic and white to try any of that bull!!
 12-13-2012, 05:56 PMaway - #14
Big Yari 5 heat pts

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Originally Posted by sm00vb0iiw0nder


some parts dont look THAT bad
 12-13-2012, 06:09 PMaway - #15
nightmare 397 heat pts397

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 12-13-2012, 06:19 PMaway - #16
Kontrast0 37 heat pts37

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Id need a parachute while i climbed
 12-13-2012, 06:34 PMaway - #17
calikidjoey 40 heat pts40

shiiiiiiiitttttt you aint gonna catch me on there
 12-13-2012, 06:46 PMaway - #18
Shyne-C 72 heat pts72

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im going there in feb

and yes im black
 12-13-2012, 08:16 PMaway - #19
52:1 27 heat pts27

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so that's what were calling [rip] these days huh? 'hikes'
 12-14-2012, 03:45 AMaway - #20

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aint no damn way

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