Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Is this the most dangerous campsite in the world? (on the side of a 4,000ft cliff face)
Daily Mail ^ | May 26th 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter

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 ...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Hobbies; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: camping; cliff; climbing; photography
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Three tents are suspended off a 4,000ft vertical cliff in the Arctic as climbers get some
much needed sleep
1 posted on 05/26/2011 5:46:48 AM PDT by Cardhu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

That is so cool....

Wouldn’t mind trying that!


2 posted on 05/26/2011 5:48:43 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

Insanity.


3 posted on 05/26/2011 5:52:06 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

Not just no, but FROG no.


4 posted on 05/26/2011 5:52:24 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

You don’t want to wander out in the middle of the night looking for the bathroom. lol


5 posted on 05/26/2011 5:53:39 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu; Slings and Arrows; Yehuda; null and void; martin_fierro

Mother in law apartments ping.


6 posted on 05/26/2011 5:54:55 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nuconvert

Hope these folks don’t take Ambien, lol.


7 posted on 05/26/2011 5:56:36 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: nuconvert

Watch the first step, its a dooozy.


8 posted on 05/26/2011 5:56:37 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Lazamataz

Don’t PO the little woman or she could cut your life line.


9 posted on 05/26/2011 5:57:31 AM PDT by Cardhu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

I’d say the answer is NO.

I’d say Camp 3 on Everest inside the “Death Zone” may be the most dangerous.
http://www.explorersweb.com/info.php

Or you could argue a few spots in Afghanistan or Iraq or in the Beqaa Valley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beqaa_Valley

Also check out
http://comebackalive.com/category/dangerous-places/
Come Back Alive - Dangerous Places

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!


10 posted on 05/26/2011 5:58:41 AM PDT by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nuconvert
You don’t 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"

11 posted on 05/26/2011 6:03:30 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (It's a beautiful day and I'm glad I can see it in color.......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

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.


12 posted on 05/26/2011 6:04:38 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

The picture was taken by another cliff dweller as he fell to the bottom.


13 posted on 05/26/2011 6:10:11 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

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


14 posted on 05/26/2011 6:10:52 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

Be careful taking a midnight leak.


15 posted on 05/26/2011 6:16:56 AM PDT by AU72
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hot Tabasco

You don’t 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


16 posted on 05/26/2011 6:17:52 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

That would be a sure cure for sleep walking.


17 posted on 05/26/2011 6:19:35 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nuconvert

“You don’t want to wander out in the middle of the night looking for the bathroom”

I bet you only do it once if you do!


18 posted on 05/26/2011 6:20:54 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Gamecock; ReneeLynn
Hope they brought enough sandwiches.


19 posted on 05/26/2011 6:25:58 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

Do they have a TV?


20 posted on 05/26/2011 6:35:43 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ezekiel

21 posted on 05/26/2011 6:39:42 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: BubbaJunebug
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

I was just going to bookmark the thread, but your post deserves a reply.

Just wow.

22 posted on 05/26/2011 6:45:28 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: King_Corey
Greta links. Thanks!

I might try it if the outfitters leave a mint on my pillow.:)


23 posted on 05/26/2011 6:46:02 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

I would guess that making smores around a campfire is out of the question


24 posted on 05/26/2011 6:46:40 AM PDT by kidd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

Well, you won’t have to worry about many critters getting onto your tent.


25 posted on 05/26/2011 7:03:43 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

I’m not sure they grasp the gravity of their situation.


26 posted on 05/26/2011 7:07:09 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: King_Corey

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.


27 posted on 05/26/2011 7:09:28 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu
What the hell is the thinking there?

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!"

28 posted on 05/26/2011 7:12:00 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu
Camper on left: "Hey! Bill! It's your turn to go gather some fire wood."

Camper in middle: "Damn!"

29 posted on 05/26/2011 7:13:59 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nevergore

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.


30 posted on 05/26/2011 7:22:15 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Second Amendment First

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.


31 posted on 05/26/2011 7:27:17 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Is there anyone that Obama won't toss under the bus?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Second Amendment First

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.


32 posted on 05/26/2011 7:28:19 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Is there anyone that Obama won't toss under the bus?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

Definitely problematic for a somnambulist.


33 posted on 05/26/2011 7:28:28 AM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Texas Eagle; Daffynition; Lou L; BigCinBigD; Arrowhead1952; kidd; Pan_Yan; Darteaus94025; ...

You guys are having a ball.


34 posted on 05/26/2011 7:31:22 AM PDT by Cardhu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Vermont Lt

What you do have to watch for is falling objects. And if you drop something you yell “rock” to those below.


35 posted on 05/26/2011 7:31:39 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Vermont Lt

LOL! I have climbed up one pitch with him and rappelled down from there, and my bladder did feel a bit weak.


36 posted on 05/26/2011 7:33:51 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: BubbaJunebug
Just call me *Al*. ;)


37 posted on 05/26/2011 7:34:23 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu
Camper in middle: "Crap. Here comes a Park Ranger. Did you guys remember to pack our camping permits?

Camper on left: "Damn."

38 posted on 05/26/2011 7:38:12 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu
Vertical camping all but eliminates most night visitors.


39 posted on 05/26/2011 7:47:17 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: BigCinBigD

I’m sure they are falling all over themselves to ensure the safety of everyone involved.


40 posted on 05/26/2011 7:49:10 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Vermont Lt
PFTTT! Boy Scouts. Try being married to a *Tri-athlete!*


41 posted on 05/26/2011 7:56:08 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

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.


42 posted on 05/26/2011 8:01:26 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

I know a couple of guys like that.


43 posted on 05/26/2011 8:02:52 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Pan_Yan

Maybe I married one of ‘em! ;D


44 posted on 05/26/2011 8:07:36 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu; martin_fierro
Here comes Marty with the 1/2 & 1/2 for our morning coffee.

*Who forgot the 1/2 & 1/2?!?!?*

45 posted on 05/26/2011 8:14:05 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu

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. :)


46 posted on 05/26/2011 8:21:11 AM PDT by Fletcher J
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cardhu
Hanging precariously in tents off a 4,000ft shear cliff face,

Is that a cliff face that is bedecked with hedge trimmers?

47 posted on 05/26/2011 8:43:18 AM PDT by Disambiguator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Daffynition

That’s not a motorcycle trail. That’s an idiot on a motorcycle riding on a mountain goat trail.


48 posted on 05/26/2011 8:45:55 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: Pan_Yan
Idiot?

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.

49 posted on 05/26/2011 9:07:04 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: ArrogantBustard

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.


50 posted on 05/26/2011 9:08:47 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson