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Is this thing safe? | by Penelope's Loom
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Is this thing safe?

Part of the ascent at Hua Shan

Outside of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China

June 25, 2007

on black at my site

 

From left, options 1, 2, and 3. I chose option 1 and Eric chose option 3. I was too terrified to try either of the other two - it just felt unnecessarily risky to me. Plus, it almost seemed as though the top section of option 3 would actually cause you to fall off backwards. I just envisioned myself dangling there, unable to climb any further. Option 1 wrapped around the left side of the cliff, with more gradual sections of steps. There are women walking around outside the park selling gloves for the equivalent of US$.20 or so, because there are a few areas like this where you really need to hold on to the chain to be safe.

 

I wish I hadn't cut off his feet, but I shot this with the point and shoot, as I had the DSLR packed and I was too exhausted to get it out. This is pretty much straight of of the camera - no Photoshop trickery involved - the path up really IS that insane.

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Taken on June 25, 2007