Nature Hike from Hell

As mentioned in Podcast #005, Storm and his wife Gillian stare death in the face on their summer vacation. Mostly SFW (one expletive).



  1. Posted September 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Holy crap. That is nuts. One question, why does the sun look all blocked out eclipse-like in the video? Does the flipcam automatically do that to protect the lens?

    Awesome video!

  2. Wendy
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Maybe you should have tried some “easier” somewhat local sites first. ie: Sugarloaf Mtn., parts of Skyline Drive, The Exorcist Stairway in Georgetown…

  3. Posted September 7, 2008 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Regarding that “not using a camera when on a ledge” thing: I recall seeing a camera that is attached to large goggle-like things you can wear on your face in the SkyMall. It was made to like be waterproof, but it was good in that you could wear it.

  4. Peter
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Wait, are those seriously the names of trail sections? Refrigerator Canyon and Walter’s Wiggles sound like locations that Strong Bad would make up.

  5. Lancer
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    2 words: Nucken Futs

  6. Posted September 8, 2008 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Storm, that hike reminds me of something that they tried to force me to do here, once. There’s a cliff called Arbel off of highway 90 just north of Tiberias, overlooking the Sea of Galilee and much of the Golan. And this ledge is about as high up as the cliff you were on (at least, from the video, it looked about comparable). Now, you’re hiking this thing, you’re pretty high up, there’s some steep slopes, whatever, no big deal…

    …until you come to a segment which is literally on the rock face itself, in which there are a series of ledges, each 50 feet or so beneath the previous one. These ledges are literally no wider than your foot. And there are large chains bolted to the cliff face, onto which you must hold in order not to fall more than 1,000 feet to your death. And you must shuffle along each of these ledges, climb down the cliff face to the next ledge and do it all again, one after another, for what is probably about 200 to 300 feet total (give or take). When I got there and saw that, I turned to the friends that I was with and told them that no way in hell was I doing this.

    This is the segment:

    To get a sense of your height:

    This is the cliff face itself:

  7. Posted September 8, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Ah, memories. It’s a dangerous hike, but the view from the top is beautiful. Also good for getting pictures that you later use to freak out your mother.

  8. littlesis
    Posted September 13, 2008 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Well done taking on the trail guys! Gillian could not have looked less interested in being filmed so I’m glad she didn’t throw herself over the side to avoid being on camera!

    Loved the yodeling in the soundtrack – you guys should add yodeling to a song. 🙂

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