Skip to comments.Is this the most dangerous campsite in the world? (on the side of a 4,000ft cliff face)
Posted on 05/26/2011 5:46:37 AM PDT by Cardhu
For many people, a camping trip is enough to get them sweating before they've even put up a tent pole.
But for these daredevil explorers, scaling cliffs and pitching tents at the height of more than 300 double decker buses is just a normal day at the office.
Hanging precariously in tents off a 4,000ft shear cliff face, these climbers are chasing the most dangerous big wall climbs ever attempted.
As these stunning images show, the climbs can last for weeks and the explorers must set up tents on the edge of monstrous cliff faces to grab some much needed rest.
They were taken by adventure photographer Gordon Wiltsie, 57, who risks his own life to capture thrill-seeking moments.
He said: 'During this climb it was the Arctic spring so melting snow on both the summit and a ledge midway up the cliff constantly sent rocks and chunks of ice flying down.
'One the size of a car even came crashing down around us. Several times I came within inches of being hit which almost certainly would have been fatal.
'Falling objects are constantly on your mind and if you look carefully at the picture of the hanging tents, or Portaledges, you can see the camp was below an overhang ...
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That is so cool....
Wouldn’t mind trying that!
Not just no, but FROG no.
You don’t want to wander out in the middle of the night looking for the bathroom. lol
Mother in law apartments ping.
Hope these folks don’t take Ambien, lol.
Watch the first step, its a dooozy.
Don’t PO the little woman or she could cut your life line.
I’d say the answer is NO.
I’d say Camp 3 on Everest inside the “Death Zone” may be the most dangerous.
Or you could argue a few spots in Afghanistan or Iraq or in the Beqaa Valley
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But this looks like a little “fun” trip to me. Not as dangerous as some more badass spots around the world.
I think there is a US Special Forces guy someplace sleeping with his eyes open is a turd world cesspool that would argue he’s been in worse spots.
BUT I DO LOVE THE PICTURES! Haha, enjoy your day!
With that being said, just where IS the bathroom....and don't tell me "down below"
I guess it takes all kinds of kooks to make the world go round.
Before you adventurers flame me, I do recognize and champion
adventurers, such as climbing Everest, and solo sailing adventures, but this one defies logic.
I don’t quite get the point of this exercise.
Since I left America, every day is an adventure for me, but I do not have to sleep on the side of a cliff to get my thrills.
The picture was taken by another cliff dweller as he fell to the bottom.
Remember going to see that movie K2 in the theater,those guys meeting up with the men that were going to take on Everest camped out like this scared my GF and me
Pretty good mt climbing movie
Be careful taking a midnight leak.
You dont want to wander out in the middle of the night looking for the bathroom. lol
With that being said, just where IS the bathroom....and don’t tell me “down below”
I wandered out one night to go...fell off an 8 ft retaining wall got wedged between that and a tree...cracked a rib....and pee’d all over myself
That would be a sure cure for sleep walking.
“You dont want to wander out in the middle of the night looking for the bathroom”
I bet you only do it once if you do!
Do they have a TV?
I was just going to bookmark the thread, but your post deserves a reply.
I might try it if the outfitters leave a mint on my pillow.:)
I would guess that making smores around a campfire is out of the question
Well, you won’t have to worry about many critters getting onto your tent.
I’m not sure they grasp the gravity of their situation.
Agree on Everest camp in the Death Zone. “Sleeping” at 8,000 meters where there is 1/3rd the oxygen of sea level is like sleeping on the moon.
Climber: "Should we set up our camp down here, where it's flat, or climb to the top and set camp up there?"
Leader: "No, let's climb halfway up, and hang precariously from the sheer face!"
Camper in middle: "Damn!"
My son has done this on several occasions while climbing El Capitan, a couple of times solo, sleeping on a portable ledge.
And he isn’t some kook. He is a PhD candidate in engineering science and nanotech researcher with a wife and two kids. I’m just thankful he isn’t into ice climbing. Granite is stable.
As to the bathroom issue, you don’t drop it, you pack it out.
When I was a boy scout they taught me to be sure I did not camp in an area that could become a puddle in the event of an overnight storm.
Not much chance of that happening here.
Oh, thats not a problem.
If I woke up in the morning and saw where I was, evacuating my bowels would not be a problem. And I would be carrying it out in my trousers.
Definitely problematic for a somnambulist.
You guys are having a ball.
What you do have to watch for is falling objects. And if you drop something you yell “rock” to those below.
LOL! I have climbed up one pitch with him and rappelled down from there, and my bladder did feel a bit weak.
Camper on left: "Damn."
I’m sure they are falling all over themselves to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Those sleep cacoons should come equiped with a parachute. If they become detached from the wall, you would not be killed due to the sudden and abrupt stop at the bottom. Just hook the ripcord to a seperate piton and if you start heading down, the cord will deploy your chute for you. Just prepare for a rough landing. Better to be banged up and alive than to experience the alternative.
I know a couple of guys like that.
Maybe I married one of ‘em! ;D
*Who forgot the 1/2 & 1/2?!?!?*
Clearly NOT the most dangerous campsite in the world.
The MOST dangerous campsite would be suspended off of a 4,000ft vertical cliff in the Artic that has a giant pool of sharks below. Sharks with frickin’ lazers. :)
Is that a cliff face that is bedecked with hedge trimmers?
That’s not a motorcycle trail. That’s an idiot on a motorcycle riding on a mountain goat trail.
Perhaps, but probably not.
I know some folks who do that sort of thing. Personally, I would be willing to hike that trail, and have hiked similar many times. The key to success is twofold:
1) Become very, very good at the basic activity, be it walking on rough terrain or riding a motorcycle.
2) Learn to concentrate your mind on doing what you plan to do, rather than WORRYING about what MIGHT happen.
I’d have no problem walking it. It’s the motorcycle part that’s over the line for me. That pegs my risk/reward meter.