There was only one option if we wanted to continue our hike one mountaintop over in the cloud forest outside of Mindo, a small town about 100 km away from Ecuador’s capital of Quito. This wooden box suspended hundreds of feet above the canopy by a metal cable would have required a consent form and a safety talk in the US, but here all it took was a quick assurance that we did, in fact, want to continue, and the trust that we’d use our common sense and survival instinct to avoid falling out of the basket. Even without seatbelts of restraints of any kind, the idea of danger never crossed my mind.
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