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El Caminito del Rey

09/26/12 by: Michael van Vliet

Clinging to the side of a cliff, a 100 meters above a narrow gorge in Spain, runs one of the world’s most treacherous hiking trails: El Caminito del Rey. This narrow ribbon of eroding concrete was originally constructed in 1905 for workers commuting back and forth between nearby hydroelectric plants. In 1921, King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway for the inauguration of a local damn and since then people have started referring to it as “the King’s little pathway”.

Today, however, the pathway is in a state of serious disrepair, making it a destination for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.  At its widest, the trail is only a meter across, but concrete decay has reduced that considerably and there are certain sections that are missing entirely. Nearly the whole stretch is without a handrail.  A safety wire runs along the side of the cliff, but the attachment of which is no doubt questionable.  The Spanish government has closed the entrances to the trail in an attempt to keep trekkers out, but this has only made the destination more appealing.

[ via Huckberry]


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