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Report - El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012.

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  1. Ojay

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    El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain

    Massive props to Stepping Lightly for this, I finally managed to free up some spare time away from the UK to get this done before the inevitable work starts

    When it rains go to Spain...

    And believe me it shit it down the duration we were there, we had committed to getting this done, so whilst the Spanish weather was making news, we quietly crept up to the walkway high up in the mountains of El Chorro

    It was a memorable experience, despite SL throwing my phone in the wash later that evening, luckily the special brew San Miguel's took the pain away


    Sorry pic heavy, also video at bottom..


    Original 'way on', now described as "intransitable" by the Andalusian government :rolleyes:

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    Since the first 60ft or so has been demolished, you have to start your ascent under the original path..

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    This involves some basic via ferrata and traversing along the mountain below the walkway across some old brackets a good 4 to 5ft apart, with a perilous drop, and an exposed climb with a good 70ft drop!

    (It's understandable why people turn back at this point)

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    Within no time you are a good few hundred feet above the lagoon below

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    The pathway initially winds around the gorge via a set of 190 year old steps and a 3ft decrepit concrete pathway, offering little protection and having seen better days

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    (Also the first traverse of many across some shonky iron-work - Sadly no pic, but *SEE VIDEO at bottom for more detail)


    Around the next corner can be found the Aqueduct which crosses the gorge

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    But first you have to traverse across the most exposed section of the walkway (here there is no path) just some rusty iron, with nothing but a 500ft drop below

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    Ahead is the Aqueduct which crosses the gorge, the water is carried through a large steel pipe

    S.L wasn't hanging about as we stopped for a couple of snaps, fully aware it is f00ked and ready to collapse any time!

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    At the other side you can climb down to a cave-like entrance into a tunnel which runs through the mountain, I didn't take any pics, but it's covered off in the video..

    Just around the corner is this memorial, which kinda puts it all into context.. these poor buggers fell over 500ft as the pathway gave way (and also a zipline they had rigged)

    Make no mistake, this place is as sketch as it comes, it's not "The worlds scariest path" for no reason!

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    S.L Points the way on...

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    From here on in there are several similar sections

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    'Life on the Edge'

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    'Stepping Lightly'

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    Eventually the walkway winds down into the gorge and opens out in a valley following a trail through a forest and another Aqueduct for around a mile..

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    ..It then re-appears the other side of a narrow gorge in the form of a crumbling ledge as it heads towards the power station

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    Eventually the walkway comes to an abrupt end, as just like the start the last section has been removed, with no way off

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    The only choices now are to traverse back or a 40ft climb up the rock face,
    we opted for the climb and to take a look at the hydroelectric station and dam
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    We had a quick poke about - Here the exit from the walkway, now inaccessible from the other side

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    We scrambled back up the mountain and abseiled back down onto the walkway below

    It had been a long day and I was f00ked if I was traversing back the way we came, so was quite relieved when SL suggested an 'alternative route' back,
    which if caught would have landed us in a whole load of bother!


    BUT first we had to cross the bridge of death; this thing is proper f****d!..

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    The rest, well it's only a 6,000 euro fine, so with SL's pop star wages we thought we'd chance it :p

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    Shouts to Stepping Lightly & Ninjaboy for a memorable trip

    (Switch it to HD 1080p crank up yer speakers and sit back!!)


     

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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Nice work!
    Looks like you had a great time! :thumb
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Fantastic stuff mate :thumb

    Thanks for sharing - there's no way I'd see it for myself!
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Yes mate. You epic bastards :)
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Not even if I had wings, top stuff guys, vid and pics are ace.
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    sick heads :Not Worthy
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Absolutely Stonkin! That's just shot this back to the top of my list! That video is crackin as well.
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    That's rather good, that is :thumb
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    win, win and more win!
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Seen this on your FB page..fking Amazing!
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    jesus christ! i was shittin mesell just lookin through those pics!
    cracking though....more balls than me, i'd not do that...:thumb
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    loving the video, fair play man, looks fantastic!
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Think you may find yourself on TV via this thread :thumb:thumb:thumb

    Truly nailed the walk of death :Not Worthy
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    brilliant stuff!
     
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    Re: El Caminito del Rey a.k.a 'The Kings Walkway', (El Chorro) Spain - September 2012

    Cracking stuff :thumb Love this one but there's no way I'd be doing it myself.
    Some great people shots in there too.
     
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