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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2023 at 06:46
Lets see what the freedom units are in metric:
4.3 miles are 6.9 kilometres
1800 feet are about 550 meter
The distance is not that impressive, but the climb is. Especially looking at the pictures. Surely not for me as I suffer of fear of heights

These US National Parks are special, your pictures show the beauty of Zion Park. Thank you for sharing, enjoyed them!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2023 at 06:12
At Zion Canyon national park (Utah, USA), one particular hike called "Angel's landing" stands out as the most popular hike in the USA.
I did the hike over the weekend with some friends. It's not too bad, at about 4.3 miles round trip with a climb of 1800 feet or so. Maybe it took us a bit under four hours.

1. Verdant canyon floor as we started the hike up.

2. Looking down into the canyon from maybe 300 feet up.

3. A tenuous existence on the canyon wall.

4. Three quarters of the way up.
This is looking at the other direction as compared to #2.

5. The ledge.
A false step to the right would mean something like a thousand foot drop straight down.

6. Climbers on the way up. Over here the path is on top of a thin wall with vertical drops to either side.

7. Down canyon view. The Virgin river, that piddling little stream, has carved out this canyon over millions of years, aided and abetted by snow, ice, rain, and wind.
From the ledge you see, it's pretty much straight down about 1500 feet or so.

8. Where eagles dare.
Without the chains the climb would become far, far riskier and be out of reach for anyone who's not a good climber.

9. The polished post. All the hands that gripped the post have imparted to it a very smooth polish over the years.
I tugged at the chains and posts with all my might before I climbed further. Made me wonder (as a professional engineer) how much stress testing the National Park Service did on those chains!

10. The final ascent.

11. The canyon in its glory - except for the harsh midday light and the haze.

12. The shuttle bus.
View towards the other side from the top. Those are actually two buses hooked together since it's a popular place.

It's an absolutely massive and memorable place with the towering cliff walls. I'm not sure I've done justice to it with my pics. All the haze makes shooting into the sun a bad experience. With the sun on my back the shots are a little better, for example the first one. Unfortunately I forgot to pack my CPL.

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