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2013-09-30 11:50:27 PM
Looks like fun.  I'm surprised about the one in Utah, litigious as everyone in America is these days.
 
2013-09-30 11:51:20 PM

SOME POO'S COME OUT!

 
2013-09-30 11:53:51 PM
*barfs*
 
2013-10-01 12:11:02 AM
Really, seriously, WTF is wrong with these people?

Isn't driving on the interstate dangerous enough for you?

/acrophobic
//seriously freaked out by those photos
 
2013-10-01 12:20:14 AM

MrBallou: Really, seriously, WTF is wrong with these people?

Isn't driving on the interstate dangerous enough for you?

/acrophobic
//seriously freaked out by those photos


I am not usually acrophobic, but those pics straightened the curly-Qs on my beanbag.
 
2013-10-01 01:16:34 AM
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2013-10-01 01:24:26 AM
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2013-10-01 01:34:54 AM
I have the complete opposite reaction, I see these shots and think, "I want to go to there!"
 
2013-10-01 02:32:55 AM
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2013-10-01 02:58:07 AM
Something's wrong with me. I see those photos, and all I can think of is how fun it would be to wait quietly behind the next bend on these walks so that I could jump out and be all "HEY HEY" when someone is painstakingly making their way across the face of the cliffside or whatever.
 
2013-10-01 03:34:20 AM
I couldn't do that without a panic attack. I envy people who are more brave than me.
 
2013-10-01 03:37:28 AM
I've heard that for some, it's not so much the fear of falling, but rather it's the fear of giving in to the urge to jump. That's certainly the case for me.
 
2013-10-01 03:39:34 AM

timujin: Looks like fun.  I'm surprised about the one in Utah, litigious as everyone in America is these days.


I was there.  I chickened the fark out on the last leg, which is where the guide rail/chain thing is, as well as the drops.  I did go up the cool switchbacks.
 
2013-10-01 03:39:52 AM
The only one I wouldn't want to do is the closed one.  Would not trust those rusted railings and crumbling concrete to hold my fat ass.   When they reopen it, however...

And the rest of them look amazing.
 
2013-10-01 03:43:36 AM
Third-world construction problems
 
2013-10-01 03:44:36 AM
Meh. I've done work 60+ feet up. At that point it's not the height but the stop that kills you no matter where you are. Brain injury or other internal organ injury from torn aorta to ruptured liver\spleen\whatever internal injuries. 60 feet or 600 feet the result is the same and to be honest if I'm going to drop that much (60') I'd rather go the full monty and do 600' just because it would be over and done with right from the start.

/fatalis
 
2013-10-01 03:46:17 AM
How much will it cost to pay for the emergency rescue helicopter when they come to pry my petrified ass off of the side of the mountain? Best not to find out. I'll be out by the pool. Take some pictures when you get up there.
 
2013-10-01 03:46:24 AM
I'd happily do most of those. The thing that makes me more uncomfortable isn't the heights, it's the crowds of people lined up along on that Buddha one. I'd hate that. Awesome Buddha statue though.
 
2013-10-01 03:48:23 AM
With the exception of a small section, the 2nd picture, Angel's Landing is not that bad. But that one little part is scary because you can only look down. I'm afraid of heights, I shook and vomited a few years ago when I climbed up to clean the gutters, but had no problem with that walk. The view at the end is breathtaking, and I recommend the hike to everyone that mentions Zion National Park.
 
2013-10-01 03:49:06 AM
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Nope.
 
2013-10-01 03:49:19 AM
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2013-10-01 03:52:00 AM
Hmm, that's a maybe.

I don't fear heights, but I do have a fear of betting my life that all the bits of an antique makeshift cliffside plank trail will reliably support me.

/pretty sure I weigh more than the average 18th-century Chinese pilgrim
 
2013-10-01 03:52:04 AM

EmmaLou: I couldn't do that without a panic attack. I envy people who are more brave than me.


In most such cases I wouldn't say it's so much about being brave; different things instill panic in different people.
 
2013-10-01 03:56:43 AM
ALL OF THE NOPE IN THE UNIVERSE.
 
2013-10-01 03:57:13 AM
Any of them with a handrail, I'd do.  The ones with an open side?  Nope.  No, no, no, no hell no fark that nope.
 
2013-10-01 03:59:04 AM
The Chinese should have some fun and randomly unload 1000 spiders on one of the mountaintops.
 
2013-10-01 04:02:03 AM
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Christ, I was about to go to bed.  So much for that plan.
 
2013-10-01 04:03:08 AM

timujin: Looks like fun.  I'm surprised about the one in Utah, litigious as everyone in America is these days.


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AKA the point where Mom said: "Nope, we're turning around right now."

/Of course, that just means that I have to go back and finish it up at some point.
 
2013-10-01 04:04:40 AM

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Christ, I was about to go to bed.  So much for that plan.


Wow.  My computer was so freaked out it couldn't even paste right.  That's how farked up those paths are!
 
2013-10-01 04:48:12 AM
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2013-10-01 05:12:28 AM
These people need to learn the phrase "You can't get there from here".
 
2013-10-01 05:16:00 AM
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So this part I don't understand. The walkway ends but the chain continues and the picture is taken from beyond the gap so do you have to go hand over hand like some jungle gym from hell?
I've walked the Angel's Landing trail in Zions and it's not that bad. Far more people die from flash floods in slot canyons like the Virgin River.
 
2013-10-01 05:21:29 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Hmm, that's a maybe.

I don't fear heights, but I do have a fear of betting my life that all the bits of an antique makeshift cliffside plank trail will reliably support me.

/pretty sure I weigh more than the average 18th-century Chinese pilgrim


I might weigh more than the average 18th-century Chinese village.
 
2013-10-01 05:24:07 AM
@OscarTamerz:
If you check out that YouTube video that is under that photo you can see the narrow rock walkway that the people are on.
The camera photo is a little deceiving.
 
2013-10-01 05:48:08 AM

andynz81: I'd happily do most of those. The thing that makes me more uncomfortable isn't the heights, it's the crowds of people lined up along on that Buddha one. I'd hate that. Awesome Buddha statue though.


So you're not afraid of afraid of plummeting to your death when some rickety cliff structure built with chopsticks and bubble gum inevitably and catastrophically splinters into a bazillion pieces, but the party at the feet of the fat guy gives you the willies? Oooookay ....
 
2013-10-01 05:56:59 AM
The only reason I wouldn't do this is because I seriously don't trust their engineering, construction, and oversight.
 
2013-10-01 06:24:16 AM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only reason I wouldn't do this is because I seriously don't trust their engineering, construction, and oversight.


China's? Me either. Conflicted because some of those look very cool.
 
2013-10-01 06:31:15 AM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: The only reason I wouldn't do this is because I seriously don't trust their engineering, construction, and oversight.


Oversight? Is that some kind of short joke?

/Because it should be.
 
2013-10-01 06:31:31 AM
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2013-10-01 06:38:44 AM
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2013-10-01 06:39:13 AM

Atomic Spunk: I've heard that for some, it's not so much the fear of falling, but rather it's the fear of giving in to the urge to jump. That's certainly the case for me.


Yup. That's me. I can't sit along the rail at stadiums for that reason. Once I had to "climb" the seats behind me just to keep from jumping. :(
 
2013-10-01 06:58:28 AM
If you take a picture and your camera drops, just let it go, 'cause it's gone.
 
2013-10-01 07:02:00 AM
The video of construction compels me to ask why wear a hardhat?
Something to shiat into as you're falling?
 
2013-10-01 07:02:06 AM
The one that gives me the willies is the video where the hiker approaches the holes in the path, and you can clearly see the farking concrete is LESS THAN A HALF INCH THICK. Not only that, it's crumbling apart, so not only is it LESS THAN A HALF INCH THICK, it is structurally failing so it could collapse the next time someone puts their foot on it.

/LESS THAN A HALF INCH THICK
//no, no, no, a thousand times no
 
2013-10-01 07:04:26 AM

red5ish: How much will it cost to pay for the emergency rescue helicopter when they come to pry my petrified ass off of the side of the mountain? Best not to find out. I'll be out by the pool. Take some pictures when you get up there.


quite. are you one of these people, like me, who climbs up to the high diving board... then has to climb back down apologising to everyone on the way?

not that i bother climbing up anymore.

il stay by the pool with you, being brought fancy ass drinks and feeling pretty damn fine
 
2013-10-01 07:08:37 AM

Lady J: il stay by the pool with you, being brought fancy ass drinks and feeling pretty damn fine


I don't think I want to have any ass drinks, I don't care how fancy they are.
 
2013-10-01 07:09:50 AM
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2013-10-01 07:14:19 AM

Bob The Nob: Atomic Spunk: I've heard that for some, it's not so much the fear of falling, but rather it's the fear of giving in to the urge to jump. That's certainly the case for me.

Yup. That's me. I can't sit along the rail at stadiums for that reason. Once I had to "climb" the seats behind me just to keep from jumping. :(



"We stand upon the brink of a precipice. We peer into the abyss - we grow sick and dizzy. Our first impulse is to shrink from the danger. Unaccountably we remain. By slow degrees our sickness and dizziness, and horror become merged in a cloud of unnameable feeling. By gradations, still more imperceptible, this cloud assumes shape, as did the vapor from the bottle out of which arose the genius in the Arabian Nights. But out of this  our cloud upon the precipice's edge, there grows into palpability, a shape, far more terrible than any genius, or any demon of a tale, and yet it is but a thought, although a fearful one, and one which chills the very marrow of our bones with the fierceness of the delight of its horror. It is merely the idea of what would be our sensations during the sweeping precipitancy of a fall from such a height. And this fall - this rushing annihilation - for the very reason that it involves that one most ghastly and loathsome of all the most ghastly and loathsome images of death and suffering which have ever presented themselves to our imagination - for this very cause do we now the most vividly desire it. And because our reason violently deters us from the brink,  therefore, do we the most impetuously approach it. There is no passion in nature so demoniacally impatient, as that of him, who shuddering upon the edge of a precipice, thus meditates a plunge. To indulge for a moment, in any attempt at  thought, is to be inevitably lost; for reflection but urges us to forbear, and  therefore it is, I say, that we  cannot. If there be no friendly arm to check us, or if we fail in a sudden effort to prostrate ourselves backward from the abyss, we plunge, and are destroyed."

/also see "high place phenomenon"
 
2013-10-01 07:22:30 AM
First thing I thought of:

t0.gstatic.com

I didn't know Manannan lived in Utah...
 
2013-10-01 07:24:55 AM

MrBallou: Really, seriously, WTF is wrong with these people?

Isn't driving on the interstate dangerous enough for you?

/acrophobic
//seriously freaked out by those photos


Also an acrophobe. I could probably handle the wider, non-crumbled ones that have handrails, like the glass walkway. Some of the others, nope.

CSS: I was hiking in Ireland a few years ago. The trail I was on started off innocently enough, but as it sloped upwards it narrowed considerably. There was a tiny stone wall to protect hikers from falling down the side of the mountain. I finally got to the top, admired the view, and turned to head back. Walking down the path was much more difficult: gravity working against you and causing you to walk faster than was safe, steep, loose gravel and minimal handholds. There was one section where I was grabbing onto the plants growing through the wall to maintain my balance.
 
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