Monday, May 05, 2008

Incredible footage...

Is this surefooted climber fearless or just focused to the point of ignoring fear? His or her moves exude confidence and agility, but there is very little appreciation of the place or the human ingenuity that brought this architectural nightmare a reality. We see a bold, singular agenda - move forward fast. Sometimes a talent comes at the expense of other abilities. There's only so much energy to be allotted I guess.

This magnificent, dilapidated walkway, El Caminito del Rey ("The King's pathway"), is in El Chorro ("The Crazy"), near Málaga, Spain. It was built in 1901 as a means of transporting materials from one side of the gorge to the other. It is officially closed now due to some fatal falls, but of course people continue to risk the journey.
Read more here.

The fact that this place was ever open to the public and that people were allowed to decide for themselves if they wanted to face such dangers, speaks volumes to the different legal cultures of Europe and the US.

Sorry for the music which makes me er, jumpy, you too? Just watch Mit Out Sound.

(Thanks Hone!)


Blogger d. chedwick said...

must be a guy--the music is sorta wang-chung-y.

6:20 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick said...

the visual was fab tho.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous offspring of hone said...

YOu mean, "thanks Hone" !

6:22 PM  
Blogger pigatschmo said...

the rock climber psyche is definitely fatalistic, and also exists here in the US -- you have your Chris McCandless, who was relatively stable, then you have the crazier ones who didn't get books written about them.

9:12 PM  

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