Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Scariest Path In The World

A cousin of mine (thank you Connie) first posted a video of this walkway on Face book. It literally took my breath away to watch it. But then, my curiosity took over and with the Internet at my disposal, I began looking for more information. If the videos that I have posted below and the photos aren't enough, there is a whole lot more information out there that will surely appease your interest.

The information is not my own and I have listed the links where I found the information (cut and pasted) at the end to give credit where credit is due. Please enjoy the information and I would LOVE to hear your comments once you are through. Get ready for breathtaking views and hair raising climbs because there is no turning back!

A little history first!

El Caminito del Rey (English: The King's little pathway) is a walkway or via ferrata, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the district of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey.

In 1901 it became obvious that workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a walkway to cross between the falls, to provide for transport of materials, and for the inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction of the walkway took four years and it was finished in 1905.

This walkway now serves as an aproach to Makinodromo, the famous climbing sector of El Chorro in Spain's Andalucia. And it is the hairiest path. The area of El Chorro situated in the south of Spain is renowned amongst travelers and mountain hikers for its stunning scenery and climbs, yet this is not the main attraction on offer, El Chorro is host to one of the most dangerous walkways in the world, built by workers to transport materials between the Chorro and Gaitanejo Falls.

Caminito_del_Rey_1 on the edge

It is located here:

El Caminito del Rey, A Path Through Split Rocks

El Caminito del Rey (English: The king’s little pathway) or Camino del Rey is a captivating walkway pinned along the rocky walls of a narrow canyon located in El Chorro, close to the city of Álora, in the province of Malaga, Spain.
This ingenious construction was envisioned in 1901 when the workers at the  hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls thought they would need a way to transport materials or to inspect the channel. After a construction process that took four years, the result was awalkway of one meter width suspended at about 100 meters above the river. The present name of this “on the edge” path was born in 1921 when King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway to arrive at the inauguration of the  Conde del Guadalhorce dam.
Unfortunately El caminito del Rey is not too friendly because many sections suffered severe damages (resulting open air gaps that are bridged by narrow steel beams), with large concrete parts collapsed from its top during the last century.  Although it is a dangerous attraction, the thousands of tourists who choose to face it every year are attracted by the spectacular sights and by the thrilling feeling of stepping on one of the most extreme walkways ever made by man.
More information about El Caminito del Rey here.

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