You don’t need to be a mountain climber to scale cliffs anymore, apparently. It isn’t a via ferrata, either: Chinese workers in Yueyang, in the province of Hunan, are building one of the scariest walkways ever.
Workers known as “spidermen” are risking their lives every day to build a scenic trail 300 metres above the ground, with just a safety harness and a ledge to support them. Concrete is made at ground level and lifted by cable car to the site. While the walk isn’t actually completed yet, it’s sure to be epic…for those not too afraid of heights. We hope those workers are paid well, because they seem to pull it off without complaint. Just watch the BBC Video.
It’s hard to find a comparable, but there’s also the famous El Camino del Rey walkway in Spain, near Alora, which winds along the incredibly steep walls of the El Chorro limestone gorge. It even wraps itself around the 700-metre high Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Pass. It was built over 100 years ago, crosses huge expanses of water and is so dangerous in some parts, you literally have one foot dangling over the ledge. Yet, somehow, the trail remains wildly popular. Just Google some images…they seriously make us dizzy.
Or, if you’re looking for something a little closer to home, try Angels Landing at Zion Canyon, Utah. It’s only about 5 miles round-trip, but the difficulty level is marked as “strenuous, and steep with exposure to long drop-offs.” Chains are bolted to the cliff for handholds, but the views at Scout Lookout are worth it.
You can also hike a steep and active volcano, Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines. And if you’re lucky enough to live to tell the tale, please tell us about it.