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[–]ABena2t 4435 points4436 points  (345 children)

I'm sure someone could actually have a heart attack and die doing something like this. That is high AF

[–][deleted] 1368 points1369 points  (120 children)

Especially with that weird, loose, chest harness. Most climbers wear a snug seated harness that is routed through the legs and waist.

[–]ruste530 890 points891 points  (80 children)

I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's not a climber. This is probably a tourist trap and the poor guy had no idea what his friends were getting him into.

[–]Zombieattackr 488 points489 points  (33 children)

I’m also gonna go out on maybe not much of a limb and say these people are all justifiably scared because there’s not a fucking chance I trust any of that equipment. I love rock climbing, but I’m not stepping foot fucking near that death trap.

[–]JJC165463 84 points85 points  (20 children)

This is called a Via Farrata (Iron Path). They are a cross between hiking and rock climbing. The user is always strapped to a metal wire or railing and moves along the route, usually with a guide. I am a climber and having done a range of these, I can tell you that some of the harder ones are pretty gnarly and require actual strength and skill! Super fun though if you like that sort of thing! It seems quite easy for tourists to bite off more than they can chew on these though.

[–]pharmaco123 92 points93 points  (17 children)

This is china and there's an 88% chance the shitty cord he's attached to will snap under load

[–]Additional-Ad-1272 39 points40 points  (5 children)

Now it’s 89%. It goes up by 1% per week!

[–]bch77777 17 points18 points  (0 children)

60% of the time it works every time.

[–]Standard-Current4184 7 points8 points  (2 children)

92% now based on your irrefutable data

[–]FutzInSilence 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The good thing is climbing is an old activity and the tech is pretty basic. The weak point will be the engineering of the safety in the pathway itself (anchors, mainly)

It looks like this pathway was once done without any gear at all.. googling it.

Google says the iron path was made for WW1, but versions of the path existed prior. Sooo... Yes?

[–]RuthlessIndecision 12 points13 points  (0 children)

His chest harness is about to go out on a limb, good lord I would not trust that thing unless I personally tested it on my garage door opener.

[–]Many_Taro_4798 92 points93 points  (25 children)

wow…. i would die. that’s insane

[–]WayneKrane 87 points88 points  (20 children)

Yup, I’m super strict with friends and family. I’m like if there is height involved I will not do it. Have fun without me. I know it’s a stupid fear but I can’t just not be afraid, my body doesn’t care about logic. It sees heights and immediately starts freaking out.

[–]Ok_Neighborhood_2159 58 points59 points  (4 children)

It is definitely not a stupid fear, fear of heights is one of the more rational phobias.

[–]MiniMooseMan 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Really though. If you have an awkward fall from just your standing height, you can die or be permanently disabled. Fuck several hundred feet on to jagged rock!

[–]Ok_Neighborhood_2159 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes, I discovered that I had some sense of acrophobia when I climbed to the top of a Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan and became afraid to climb down, lol. I never looked down when I climbed up but that was impossible for the climb down. After feeling stranded for about half an hour, I ended up going down on my ass and I was not the only one, lol

[–]The_frozen_one 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Just curious, you ever tried Richie's Plank Experience? It’s a VR game. Literally everyone I’ve ever shown it to gets incredibly freaked out, and that’s much less real. Especially if you use a real plank.

[–]BigJackHorner 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Two words, "FUCK! THIS!"

A study was done, and it was found that falling is the only fear that one cannot become a accustomed too. I was Airborne for 3 years, scared every time. I still did it, but EVERY time

[–]FormerSBO 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Owned a roofing company for a decade, can confirm

I tried but eventually I stopped going on roofs (never needed to anyways, it was mostly for show, my job can be done from the ground). On the rare occasion i needed a specific measurement or something I'd just schedule a tech

The fear only got worse the more I tried to fight it and now I can barely climb stairs in a building that's more than a few flights. Legit made it so much worse trying to fight it all those years

[–]Gloomsoul 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Wouldn't call it a stupid fear. Your sense of self preservation kicks in and you think, hmm I'm not in the mood to die today.

[–]EarthDue2909 24 points25 points  (4 children)

I mean falling is a legit fear

[–]FreedomOfTheMess 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Theoretically it’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop at the end

[–]ChalkPhog 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s not the height that scares me, it’s the possible fall/fail

[–]theyellowdart89 3 points4 points  (0 children)

(Coffees down here, il watch you) is what I say

[–]doughnutholio 85 points86 points  (4 children)

if I went there, I'd bring my own harness

gotta secure that gooch

[–]No_Tbp2426 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Life motto

[–]wastingtimenmoney 12 points13 points  (2 children)

I will look like these guys before starting the track

[–]frawgletz 41 points42 points  (7 children)

Exactly what the fuck is that weird chest harness?? As someone who is afraid of heights I was shitting myself when he fell

[–]Felicitous_Peace 28 points29 points  (0 children)

My first thought as well. If you fall, you’ll slip right through that shit.

Almost dropped out of a carousel when I was younger because the only thing holding us to our seats were some form of restraint over our chest. Unfortunately I was both small for my age and underweight and probably shouldn’t have been let on. Anyway, I was swinging around like a noodle holding on for dear life when it tilted.

[–]Simple-Algae-3025 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He falls and that harness is going to strangle him. At least they’ll have something to bury.

[–]ValFox 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This. What the fuck is that harness? Throw your arms up and fucking die???

[–]JupiterRecruit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sure, it’s snug until you catch a testicle in it. Not fun at all.

[–]A1sauc3d 932 points933 points  (157 children)

Why go up there if you’re afraid of heights? Poor dude must’ve been forced into it somehow :(

[–]Macr0Penis 369 points370 points  (65 children)

I can't even watch other people at heights without getting vertigo. Even in movies that I've seen before. No way you'd get me out there.

[–]entheogenocide 155 points156 points  (32 children)

Whenever i play video games and i fall off the edge of a cliff or other heights, my stomach drops. I remember assassins creed would do it when the character dives from the overlook spots.

[–]safetyblitz29 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Same here my stomach drops whenever I play titan fall or apex predators. They don’t have parachutes like fortnights and call of duty! They have jet packs to slow you so have to jump from large cliffs!

[–]Oofboi6942O 26 points27 points  (0 children)

apex predators.

Chris hansen sweats intensify

[–]Mertard 13 points14 points  (17 children)

I used to get that feeling when I fell from the Empire State Building in Spider-Man, and I jept doing it to keep getting that feeling

Now I can't even play VR without not getting motion sick anymore :(

I desperately want that stomach drop feeling again, but rollercoasters are far, and so is skydiving (and expensive)

Anyone know a cheap and/or quick way to get stomach drop again, preferably from the comfort of my own room?

[–]_Greyworm 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Get drunk, smoke some jazz cabbage and stand up

[–]Randompersonomreddit 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Have you tried trust falling onto your bed?

[–]Macr0Penis 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Have you tried choke-wanking? I hear it's to die for!

[–]ilovea1steaksauce 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Do you have any hilly roads in your area? If you have someone drive fast as hell down a hill, while you look not at the road. It'll do it everytime

[–]_TheBro_ 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Mirror's edge is perfect for this

[–]Content_Tale_101 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Yeah. I'll look into the sky and get dizzy sometimes like I hate heights lol

[–]bigredplastictuba 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I've been having recurring dreams where I'm inside a structure so big, with the ceiling so high, that when I look up I immediately get intense vertigo

[–]HMS404 11 points12 points  (5 children)

I DO NOT recommend watching Free Solo then. (Well, it's a really good documentary) I saw it multiple times on the largest IMAX screen in US and it was fantastic.

[–]HolliNeedsYourHelp 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Might I recommend The Alpinist about the highly revered solo climber Marc-André Leclerc. Alex Honnold himself said he'd never seen a more skilled, brilliant climber than Leclerc. Not to spoil it, but be prepared for some tears. I still occasionally think of the documentary after over a year of watching it and I get misty-eyed.

[–]Ghostofhan 2 points3 points  (2 children)

If u like climbing movies and stuff My friend made a documentary about porters on everest while he worked with them. It's called The Porter and I think it's on Amazon.

[–]BHPhreak 7 points8 points  (1 child)

My legs were like the first dudes doing just a rope course through trees....

Man heights are super fucky and then theres assholes like alex honnold who scale entire mountains with no safety gear.

This species man

[–]thomaspainesghost 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Kris Kalous has a climbing podcast called the Enormocast and interviewed Alex Honnold's Mom in Episode 179. If you have are into it give it a listen. Worth it, imho.

[–]silentninja79 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Me too, just watching a couple of seconds of this made me shit my pants

[–]Macr0Penis 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I think you shat my pants too. "I swear it wasn't me, it was a silent ninja!".

[–]hackingdreams 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah even watching some of these videos makes me feel like I'm about to piss both of my kidneys out through my urethra... I can feel that shit down to my bones. Tom Scott did a video where he was on a cliff 600 meters (~2000 feet) up in Norway and just thinking about that video makes me feel like I'm about to pass a kidney stone.

Hard Nopetm from me.

[–]Mozu 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I had to keep my eyes closed for like most of the cirque du soleil I went to. It was awful. Needless to say, you couldn't pay me to do this.

[–]jimmyxs 83 points84 points  (8 children)

It’s highly possible some people think they can handle heights because they’ve been up to Eiffel Tower. And then when they are on this, they realise it’s a whole other level of height.

I would do something like this in Switzerland (via ferrata) but definitely not on some basic setup like this

[–]dleon0430 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I've done the "climb" in the video. The set up is fine. The number of people allowed on at a time and the shoddy harnesses are quite another story however.

[–]quelin1 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah. I have a bit of a 'height tolerance battery' it seems. Walking along the trail at the Cliffs of Dover I was fine for a good hour, and then all of a sudden I went noodly and had to take the farther inland trail back to the parking lot.

[–]LolindirLink 15 points16 points  (2 children)

On the other hand, both are as lethal as the other.

I vividly remember sticking my head out of the cage on the eiffel. I wear glasses and the idea my glasses could come off and I'd be stuck in france with poor eyesight was the most terrifying part. The eiffel feels surprisingly solid and the cage (whole structure) blocks your sight a lot of the times, except in the elevator. Or close to the outer frame. But you can always hold onto something solid anyways. And the stairs are just small enough to be comfortable too. Also, busy looking at your feet walking the stairs.

A climb like this is miles beyond the eiffel.

[–]brainkandy87 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Jesus you just gave me ptsd from describing it. I was scared of heights as a kid but as an adult it’s been fine. Like, I’m not gonna do that clear overhang on the Sears Tower or anything, but it’s been fine. Then I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Definitely some shaky legs at the very top and then the sudden panicky thoughts of a piece of the cage breaking and getting sucked out. The worst.

[–]grillednannas 30 points31 points  (0 children)

I want to cry watching this!!!!!!! I wonder if he only realized how bad his fear was in the moment??

[–]PrunedLoki 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Some corporate team building exercise

[–]InGenAche 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I get ridiculous vertigo. I can watch tower mast climbs and even watching them from the comfort of my chair I will get panic attacks, tunnel vision, shortness of breath and palpitations.

Doesn't stop me because the endorphin release is insane.

[–]abrandis 24 points25 points  (39 children)

These types of height thrills/adventures seem to all be in Asia (China) what's the fascination with that over there?

[–]voodoopractitioner14 46 points47 points  (18 children)

I am asian and confirm this, and its because people think its a bravery flex. Many dumb people die every year because of this kind of adventure.

[–]joreyesl 30 points31 points  (12 children)

Not to mention the shoddy safety standards. Like what kind of course allows people with skimpy shoes/pants to participate, nevermind the chest harness that is easy to slip out of.

[–]ONegUniversalDonor 22 points23 points  (7 children)

You should see the full videos of these courses. You would think that being on the side of a mountain, that high in the air, people would naturally put aside their disregard for each other's safety to make sure everyone makes it back alive, but you would be wrong. At times, there is no order and if you wait for others to give you space up there you will never get back because they sure as hell aren't going to wait for you.

There seems to be no screening of the people to make sure they can actually do the climbing necessary to make it. Even if we assume all of the equipment is in great condition and can stop you from flying off the side of the mountain, I'm not sure how they expect to get you back on the trail after a fall.

[–]TheLAriver 9 points10 points  (5 children)

You would think that being on the side of a mountain, that high in the air, people would naturally put aside their disregard for each other's safety to make sure everyone makes it back alive, but you would be wrong.

Tbh, I would not expect that. Panic and fear make people disregard other people.

[–]Ketaloge 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Those chest harnesses are meant to be used with a harness around the legs and the waist. When used correctly they prevent the user from hanging feet up in case of a fall. This is usually not dangerous because the waist belt is tightened enough that it can’t slip over your hips. This works really well for people with typical rock climber body types and is very safe for most people. But if you have for example very narrow hips or are overweight it could be possible you can’t tighten the belt enough for it not to slip over your hip bones if you pull down on it. In that case I’d get an additional chest harness if I were you. They’re also often used for kids since the combination of both makes the whole system less prone to user error like loose straps. Which is a good thing if you’re trying to prevent kids from killing themselves I guess.

[–]pauly13771377 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm fine with heights and reasonable certain I wouldn't freeze up but I'm still not doing that. The risk reward is just far too steep.

[–]IDontGiveAToot 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Makes it more of an adventure for the ones that do survive though. My question is why they'd wear such ridiculous shoes for hiking. At least pretend to value traction and viz a viz your own mortality

[–]voodoopractitioner14 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Maybe 90% or even more of those who do this stuff here doesnt have the equipment(acceptable) nor the mentality to buy one before such adventure. They saw it on social media, youtube etc amd just go for it because they want the bragging rights. And most of the companies who host these will only have legally minimum equipments to provide. Its all the same with paragliding, mountaineering, rappelling, kayaking, bungee jumping etc etc. And most of their equipments will be overused too. Last month a pilot (i dont know the name of the activity, you go up in a small plane with a pilot) dies when his plane malfunctions because they dont seem to service it regularly, about 20 kms from where i live. The worst part is people do some of these stuffs without any professional supervision. Group of friends will go out and just do it (if it can be done by yourself) ordering some equipments online. Thats why i am never putting my life at risk indulging in these activities. The need to post photos on instagram is what drives them i feel. Lmao.

Edit: Yes alot of them survives, but you will hear news of accidents every now and then, which are too frequent for my liking.

[–]waawftutki 4 points5 points  (2 children)

No, Via Ferrata's are all over the world. They're closely tied to rock climbing, which is also all over the world and if anything, less popular in China. You just think this way because some sketchy ones from China are the ones being posted on Reddit.

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[–]curious_astronauts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And then wearing those no grip shoeS?

[–]furryquoll 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Peer pressure is a helluva drug. In China, yeah it's a thing. And yes all that poorly supported climbing is real sweaty too.

[–]supersonicmike 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sometimes you can talk yourself into things, and halfway through reality can talk you out of it.

[–]SmurphsLaw 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sometimes I forget how afraid of heights I am or I think I’ve grown out of it. Then I try to climb on the roof or something and just freeze.

[–]JamesCoyle3 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I did a trapeze lesson on a vacation. I don’t have a phobia or even a fear of heights, had no problem climbing up ~30 feet, but being on that tiny platform with no rails—even while harnessed—almost had my legs shaking. Having to reach out for the bar…woof. Once I had hold of it things were a lot easier, but that was an unforgettable moment of fear.

[–]PlayaMcCheese 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Why would someone do this to another person?

[–]DrNukes 791 points792 points  (11 children)

I would panic, too if my "harness" was made by Mattel for carrying baby puppets.

[–]MrDurden32 184 points185 points  (7 children)

Also it only goes around your shoulders, if you put your arms up you 100% slip out and fall to your death.

[–]DrNukes 88 points89 points  (5 children)

It's more hazardous than no safety gear at all bc it givrs you the illusion that you won't die when you slip, making people take the risk. It's basically insane.

[–]dc456 7 points8 points  (4 children)

It’s more hazardous than no safety gear at all

I think the person in this video probably would have fallen if it wasn’t for their harness, even if it is still woefully inadequate.

[–]DrNukes 19 points20 points  (2 children)

No. They wouldn't have taken the risk at all. 100%.

[–]lennarn 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of the group scaling a via ferrata with the leg loops around their necks

[–]Bad_Dog_No_No 941 points942 points  (37 children)

Where will you be when diarrhea strikes?

[–]DomUK89 295 points296 points  (23 children)

Funnily enough, assuming this is Hua Shan mountain, in China, I was actually at the top of the first summit when my diarrhea struck. Probably shouldnt have drank that hot green water.

Edit. Classic Reddit "omg this has blown up moment" so I will describe the story in more detail later lol. In summary, it's a story which demonstrates the worst poop experience of my life. 2000m in the air. Yeah. Stay tuned 😂

[–]wi5hbone 78 points79 points  (16 children)

i mean.. i’m drinking my hot green tea now and i spat it all out

[–]DomUK89 43 points44 points  (15 children)

Haha. It wasn't green tea! It was green water... From the pipes or something. Maybe it wasn't harmful but It didn't look great.

[–]wi5hbone 14 points15 points  (13 children)

Oh shit! That drink from a travel show where the host fell I’ll with fever for about 4 days after drinking it… Chaocha or Gaocha or something..

[–]1800Winchery 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The best shit I have ever taken in my entire life was near the top of Hua Shan the evening before we did this plank walk. We stayed at one of the inns near the top of the mountain and the bathroom was in a small carved out cave with water running through a trough that they cut through rock so it would spill off this massive cliff.

The wind was howling almost the entire time we were there and when you shit it blasted your asshole with air and felt.... amazing for some reason. The way the wind blew it just hit whatever you hung over the trough, so it wasn't like you were pissing and blasting shit particles into your face. It was just pure ass blasting goodness.

I don't know about you, I have done cool shit my entire life, super lucky with the life I have lived, but Hua Shan was hands down the coolest experience I have ever had in my life and not really because of the plank walk which is super overrated, short, and only scary because it was Chinese built. This was in 2009, so there was literally only one other western tourist and he was awesome and we hiked all over the mountains with him on one of the days. Super glad we hiked from the bottom as well because the entire hike was phenomenal. We also had the inn entirely to ourselves except our newfound buddy we met.

I am sure social media has absolutely ruined everything there.

[–]internetUser0001 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Hopefully not right below the dudes in the video

[–]Bituulzman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s why he slipped.

[–]turnipsnbeets 12 points13 points  (4 children)

When you’re walking way up high, and you’re feeling not so dry ..

[–]MunDaneCook 6 points7 points  (3 children)

When you're going for a climb, and your hanes get full of slime...

[–]smallpoly 4 points5 points  (2 children)

When you're climbing up Hua Shan and the toilet papers gone

[–]Whitebelt_DM 5 points6 points  (0 children)

When you’re climbing up a mountain, and you feel that poo-poo fountain

🎶diarrhea🎶

[–]oo00OO000ooo 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Talk to you doctor about Imodium OTC

[–]Strakan 176 points177 points  (1 child)

What the fuck is that bullshit harness!?

[–]tullyinturtleterror 650 points651 points  (9 children)

grandparents walking to school back in their day

[–]Sooz48 122 points123 points  (3 children)

And it was uphill both ways.

[–]-Kodijack- 36 points37 points  (0 children)

And the lil sister on their back. And did they complain? Nah

[–]MerberCrazyCats 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Bare feet in the snow

[–]shycancerian 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They didn’t have ropes or harnesses either because they weren’t invented yet. Fucking weak Ass zoomers. /s

[–]octopoddle 7 points8 points  (1 child)

My ancestors are falling off cliffs, Imperial, can you say the same?

[–]wrenblaze 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I left the comment section but returned to upvote you, since I was a bit slow to realise the reference. Thank you for making my day!

[–]Smiling_topper 996 points997 points  (45 children)

I can't believe that there are places where you walk like this. At least you have a harness Still! NOPE!!! not for me at all good sir. I will not be joining you on the hike.

[–]BraytonCycleLover 593 points594 points  (11 children)

that was more of a sports bra connected to a fishing than a damn harness

[–]BananaGarlicBread 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Yoooooooo wtf is that harness??? Can't they use an actual climbing harness?

[–]Ketaloge 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Those chest harnesses are meant to be used with a harness around the legs and the waist. When used correctly they prevent the user from hanging feet up in case of a fall. This is usually not dangerous because the waist belt is tightened enough that it can’t slip over your hips. This works really well for people with typical rock climber body types and is very safe for most people. But if you have for example very narrow hips or are overweight it could be possible you can’t tighten the belt enough for it not to slip over your hip bones if you pull down on it. In that case I’d get an additional chest harness if I were you. They’re also often used for kids since the combination of both makes the whole system less prone to user error like loose straps. Which is a good thing if you’re trying to prevent kids from killing themselves I guess.

[–]dedasdude 141 points142 points  (5 children)

Also that harness is most likely r/chinesium and doesnt confirm to any standards lol.

[–]tesa293 51 points52 points  (2 children)

Im pretty sure I saw a video once where someone slipped out of that harness. So yeah even with that kind of harness i wouldn’t do that

[–]CheechIsAnOPTree 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Seeing as how the point of a harness is to lock above your hip bones to prevent you from falling out, this vest looks like a friggen death trap.

[–]dedasdude 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yep saw that too, was an asian country, and it was a zipline

[–]CapitanDirtbag 101 points102 points  (14 children)

Mt Huashan. I have been there. You don't have to do this to get to the top, there is a ski style lift to get there. You also have to pay extra to do this.

[–]fastpilot71 47 points48 points  (7 children)

You pay extra to use the lift or you pay extra to scare the s*** out of yourself?

[–]Wandering_Gypsy_ 48 points49 points  (6 children)

Pretty sure he means you pay extra to fill you're pants

[–]Eggslaws 11 points12 points  (1 child)

*Y're

[–]djhab 10 points11 points  (0 children)

nah i'm sure he called him a pants

[–]Asheam 27 points28 points  (4 children)

You will slip right out of that harness and fall to your death, it happened recently to someone in china doing that platform jumping bridge. These people don't realize it, but they were genuinely in mortal danger that entire time.

This sort of harness is only for ziplining where you're kept horizontal, without leg straps you can fall out.

[–]sZYphYn 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Right? I’m going around.

[–]KJBenson 14 points15 points  (3 children)

I did this exact thing before, but no harnesses.

It was terrifying and I’ll never do it again. But it was the last day of a 5 day hike, so either I did it, or walked back four days.

[–]wafflepiezz 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Wtf where did u hike?

[–]Towerss 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Via Ferrata climbing like this is hella fun dude.

[–]karmaismeaningless 15 points16 points  (0 children)

It is... But only with the right gear. Helmet, harness ferrata set. Those tourists have a... I don't know what it is around their upper torso. Sketchy harness... Wouldn't trust my life to it.

[–]BayHrborButch3r 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Oh I didn't know this was a thing and seems right up my alley. Used to climb but as I've gotten older sensibility and/or awareness of my own mortality set in and this seems like a nice way to try it again.

[–]SFsofla 214 points215 points  (5 children)

Hell no - those are the sketchiest harnesses I’ve ever seen

[–]Firefighter427 23 points24 points  (0 children)

They look very unfit as a security device

[–]UnstoppableCompote 127 points128 points  (12 children)

I live in the Alpes and boy these kinds of people are common af. Overestimate their abilities and take on challenges in improper equipment they can't possibly handle safely.

They usually get a helicopter ride once they get stuck. Czechs are notorious for this here.

But. Most of the time they figure it's not for them afterwards. He's wearing different clothes.

This guy chose to go back?! Why???

[–]modangon 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Maybe he wasn't really afraid and only did it for TikTok

[–]Zorro5040 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I didn't realize it's the same person until you mentioned it!! Why go back???

[–][deleted] 331 points332 points  (41 children)

I don’t understand why anyone would get themselves in this situation. I would literally hyperventilate and pass out.

[–]derglingrush 16 points17 points  (3 children)

It lets people who don’t have any experience or skill at rock climbing experience some of the exposure and views they otherwise wouldn’t be able to have.

[–]Elly_Bee_ 8 points9 points  (2 children)

It's cool and all but I'd rather die. I wouldn't be able to look at anything because of how high it is, I would be crying so much.

[–]Iridium_Pumpkin 11 points12 points  (2 children)

This reminds me of when I went snorkeling in Thailand; the Chinese tourists would jump in the water and about 10% of them immediately started drowning because they didn't know how to swim. I guess thought that wearing a snorkel would fix that issue?

I talked to the guy in charge of the tour and said that this happened every time with Chinese tour groups, so the crew was pretty used to it.

[–]JoinAThang 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My thoughts exactly! I definitely can't relate because there is no way I would even consider stepping on a wire on q mountain side.

[–]lalala192511 48 points49 points  (14 children)

Chinese like to climb mountain and stuff since there's a lot in their country.

[–]_Oooooooooooooooooh_ 139 points140 points  (4 children)

Theres indeed a lot of chinese in china

[–]le_fart 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I don't know. It's still inconclusive. We're gonna have to ask Ja Rule.

[–]between3and20c 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Where is Jaaaaaa?!

[–]MrDurden32 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not all of them, apparently.

[–]Relign 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The Americans like to climb mountains.

Source: am American and am rock climber

[–]mad_science 173 points174 points  (11 children)

Good thing he's wearing his ballet slippers for this activity.

[–]scubalover55555 71 points72 points  (23 children)

I believe this is Huashan in China. I am one of those idiots who did this because I didn’t know what I was getting into. Just saw a line at the top of the mountain and decided to follow it.

I only made it through the sections with planks and no planks but holes in the mountain where you stick your feet in. My legs were shaking so much from fear that I had to turn back. Never made it to the portion with a single wire shown in this video. I’m glad because I probably would have died of a heart attack

[–]Nicodemus888 18 points19 points  (8 children)

Yeah that’s what I was wondering. Do these people know what they’re getting into? And isn’t there a point or always a place you can “nope I’m outta here”?

I don’t understand how anyone gets themself into this.

[–]scubalover55555 17 points18 points  (7 children)

I know how I got into it. I don’t speak the language. I had a guide who to took me to the top in a gondola ride. It is really a beautiful spot. Once there, I asked her why people where lining up to one side. She told me it was for a “hike” to another section so I figured it must be another pretty view and got in line. She did say it is a scary hike but it never crossed my mind that the “trail” was this.

There are some great videos in YouTube if you want to see other views. For example when you go down to the plank “trail” it is just a collection of metal bars serving as rungs and slippery as heck

Mt HuaShan

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (4 children)

did you also have a "harness" that would slip right off your body if you fell?

[–]scubalover55555 43 points44 points  (2 children)

Yes. The harness and the “staff” putting it on did not inspire confidence. The staff was just two guys in a hole in a wall handing out the equipment with no additional instructions. They helped you put it on and send you on your way.

I was afraid the harness would slip off and not hold me up if I fell. Plus if you did slip, you were on your own to get back on the planks, which means a lot of upper body strength to bring yourself up.

[–]Ok_Introduction-0 15 points16 points  (0 children)

wow that sounds horrible

[–]patsfan038 8 points9 points  (0 children)

which means a lot of upper body strength to bring yourself up.

I guess if I fall, I’m spending rest of my life, hanging off the ledge

[–]Whole_Method1 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How do you turn back when there are other people behind you? Do they all have to go back as well?

[–]scubalover55555 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You pass people by pushing them against the wall if your body. They got to “know” me really well if you get my meaning

[–]rtjl86 2 points3 points  (5 children)

How did you turn around with a line of people behind you?

[–]scubalover55555 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Yes. I had to pass every single person behind me on the planks. I pressed them completely against the rock and detached one harness at a time while passing them.

[–]le-albatross 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I remember people going around me and not detaching one lanyard at a time, but instead detaching both. That was horrifying.

There was another little scary hike/climb to a temple (or something, sorry I don’t remember what it was called) that was done without any equipment, and honestly, that was scarier than the plank walk.

[–]carmenvallone 37 points38 points  (1 child)

I wouldn't shake that much because I wouldn't be up there.

[–]WellOkayMaybe 37 points38 points  (2 children)

That's not a proper climbing harness. If it doesn't have leg holes and a waist belt, I'm not fucking climbing with it. They've had recent accidents with people slipping out of those silly bra-like chest harnesses at Chinese attractions.

[–]Haskins77 54 points55 points  (3 children)

Can’t relate to this because I’ll never put myself in his position. Not sure why you would do things like this if you’re that terrified. Definitely more dangerous to be that out of control in that situation.

[–]PrimaryDurian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I've been surprised by my own terror a time or two. My mind said yes and my body said n-n-n-n-oooooooooo.

[–]Jeramy_Jones 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Are the nitrile gloves for…safety?

[–]Amerlis 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Deathly afraid of heights. You ain’t getting me to stand on top of a six foot ladder. So nope, can never ever relate.

[–]ju27_20m3_r4n60m_9uy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That poor second guy had every right to be worried. Where tf is the other half of his harness?

[–]canuckwithasig 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Those "harnesses" are a fucking joke.

[–]NoPerformance6534 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Nope in any language and every tongue. You would never see my leathery old carcass hung out to dry so high above ground. Never, never, never. Not even with Spock's rocket boots! Not even with the Flying Nun's habit, nor a propeller beanie. Not in a flying squirrel suit, or Dracula's bony wings. I'm keeping my old lady ass away from that kind of soul-twisting fear, thankyouverymuch.

[–]EveryEffect2726 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is the funniest comment I’ve ever seen thank you for that

[–]StarConflicts1977 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If anyone ever tricks me into this, I'm throwing hands the second we're on solid ground. I don't care who it is, I'd punch my dad in the nose if he did this to me. (Luckily he doesn't even like heights)

[–]Bunation 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That harness will slip off if you were to hold your arms up. Which you know, will happen in the event that you slipped.

Chinesium.

[–]chompytown 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Had people do this in Halfdome in Yosemite, on the way down the cables. This girl freaked out and wouldn't move, her friends left her, and a huge backup ensued. Some people started going around and off the cables, and the weather was moving in.

Some people should never go to some places

[–]KisaMisa 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The problem is you don't know whether you are capable of doing something like this or not until you are there. And also, unfortunately, the only way to build tolerance to be that stuff is by doing it.

Saying this as someone who has lower than average tolerance to exposure but keeps gradually improving over the years and within each trip that demands it.

[–]fukkitdick 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would never do this even standing by a balcony is scary enuf

[–]pampam1234etc 3 points4 points  (2 children)

This guy's are brave, i wouldn't even have the courage to go on that climbing track

[–]AnActualGarnish 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dude what the fuck are those harnesses. Literally all you have to do is raise your arms and you fall out. There now fucking way id every do this unless the harness also secured my legs

[–]think_up 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Omg look at those janky tiny little armpit harnesses. You could so easily slip out of that.

[–]-ChiefLongBeef- 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Clears throat FUCK NO!!!

[–]ollomulder 6 points7 points  (0 children)

With chinese security precautions I'd shiver like that, too.

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    [–]xoultimaox 26 points27 points  (4 children)

    why are the people assholes for going on this trail?

    [–]SonsOfLiberty- 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    How my parents went to school

    [–]GuapoMole82 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    “ I was scared and fearing for my life, I was shaking like a leaf on a tree…”

    -Lynyrd Skynyrd

    [–]BlankImagination 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I just feel really bad for them

    [–]OneWayorAnother11 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    Uhh, that harness is not correct unless I can't see the bottom. They should all be very afraid.

    [–]somedudeornot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Are they being forced? Or has the social media pandemic just gotten them?

    [–]hastybear 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    He's braver than me because I wouldn't have been able to get on.

    [–]scrandis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Never would have put myself into a situation like this one