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What's the steepest place you've ever been?

I was recently in Bangkok and I got to climb down the super-steep stairs of Wat Arun. What is the steepest place you've ever been to in your travels? Was it scary, and would you do it again? Could be anything from stairs, mountains, roads, etc. Straight up/down doesn't count, mountaineers!

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  • Nalin Mello

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    What an interesting question? Being a snowboarder, I've been to a handful of places that one may consider steep. But the one that stands out in my book is World's End Point, Horton Plains Nature Reserve. It is a sheer cliff, which about 4000 ft drop that gives fabulous view of greenish covered mountains, tea estates and coastal area.

    • Was it scary? Hell yeah :). There was no fence at top. And you need to be very careful not to slip your feet, and pay attention to the wind.
    • Would you do it again? Yes I would. I like the scenery at top.

    I'd recommend heading up there early morning before mist closes at World's End. You could also visit the Baker's falls

    World's End Point, Horton Plains Nature Reserveimage from en.wikipedia.orgWorld's End Point, Horton Plains Nature Reserveimage from hotelheavensedge.com

    It's located at Horton Plains Nature Reserve which is a key wildlife area of open grassy woodland.

    Horton Plains Nature Reserve

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      Beautiful Nalin!!!! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Anne Sigmon

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    Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Unforgettable full moon for the climb, then blazing sunrise just as we reached the top.

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      That is such an accomplishment, Anne! I would love to do that someday. · (1 likelikes)

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      Amazing. I did a day trip 3000 meters up, but WILL get back someday to summit! · (1 likelikes)

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  • JR Johnson

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    In 1991, I took a small bus from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. The road was treacherous. It was terrifying. Images don't do it justice.Darjeeling

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  • Halley O'Brien

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    Thanks to snowboarding, I find myself on top of the world quite regularly.

    Every winter, we go riding at Aspen Snowmass and lap the Highland Bowl. We hiked its long, narrow path to the summit which tops out at 12,392 ft. I put together a segment for The Weather Channel about our experience. Click here to watch.Aspen Highlands Village

    The crew hiking the Highland Bowl

    Aspen Photo of Highland Bowl shot from ski patrol deck Aspen Highlands Village, Aspen, CO - Jan. 2013

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      Well done. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Mathieu Goudot

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    La Dune Du PylaLa Dune Du Pylaimage from camping-car.comMagnificient and huge dune of sand on the atlantic ocean front of France. Falls into a huge bay where waterskiing is the most boring thing you can do there.

    Also walking all the way up then running all the way down while making 4 or 5 meters-long jumps will make your day.La Dune Du Pyla

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      One of my favorite places on Earth! · (1 likelikes)

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      Love this place! · (1 likelikes)

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  • claus andersen

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    It was going down a mountainside in Nepal when I tried to make a short cup while trekking in Nepal.

    I was trekking alone without a guide which is not really the best thing to do but I felt like havuing some alone time and for 7 hours I was walking and mostly sliding down a mountainside with some pretty dense vegetation.

    In 7 hours i only met people twice.

    The first were the 3 kids you see on this photo who were on the way back from school and the other person was a young man who made me kinda worried as the first thing he did when he saw me was pull out a machete looking knife from his daypack, but when he went over to the nearest tree and used it to cut me a nice big walking stick then I relaxed :)

    My legs were sore for 7 days after that walk which was really more of a slideshow as it was so bloody steep.

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  • Katy Berman

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    UxmalThe first thing that came into my head was Machu Picchu or some other Inca ruin in Peru; then I remembered that I once visited the Mayan ruin of Uxmal . Uxmal My boyfriend and I climbed up the pyramid which seemed nearly vertical, as if we were scrambling up a wall. Once up on top, we had a beautiful view and we explored the temple up there. When it was time to descend, I looked down and said, "No way - I am not going to climb down this pyramid!" Visions of actually never leaving that spot flashed through my head, an absurd idea, of course. There was a chain down one side of the steep steps (in lieu of a railing), and the only way to go down was placing one foot behind the other, twisting around half way to see the next step down, and holding onto that chain for dear life!! My boyfriend of course had to take a picture of me from below - a very uncomplimentary angle! Reaching the bottom, I was greatly relieved, and since then I have always assessed the grade of a set of stairs climbing up any ancient ruin or edifice prior to attempting to climb it, to make sure it would be doable to come back down again!

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  • Valerie Axworthy

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    A few years ago, I hiked up to the Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout in Northern California.Sierra Buttes Fire LookoutIt's hard to see from this picture but this is the lake my family and I fish at, and at the peak of the mountain right there, there is a fire lookout that looks over a large part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Yeah. I hiked up THAT. A friggin peak of a mountain. Terrifying, but worth it when I made it to the lookout.

    Heres a picture of the stairs to get up to the lookoutSierra Buttes Fire LookoutSierra Buttes Fire Lookout


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      That is steep. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Michelle Dunner

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    In terms of cities, I'd have to say Wellington - some scenic, flat spots to walk around by the harbour (with some decent cafes) but then it's steep all round - especially some of the 'back alley' stairs you can take if you don't want to take the longer walks.

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      Agreed · (1 likelikes)

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  • Valerie Stimac

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    I would definitely have to say hiking in Denali National Park! I was out for a hike north of Denali, and ended up on a very steep slope of shale--it was sliding out from under me and I remember being very worried that I was going to fall and my swim coach would be mad at me!

    Luckily I lived with life and limb and am here to tell the tale! The cautionary tale!

    Denali National Parkimage from etravelphotos.com

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      I would love to visit Denali · (1 likelikes)

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  • Chris Bouman

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    KT-22General Trippy MediaSteepest places I have ever been....


    On foot was Dick's Pass in the Desolation Wilderness on the West side of Lake Tahoe. You can enter in at Emerald Bay and hike about 6 miles west. Base camp at Fontanillis Lake or Dick's Lake or Lake Aloha. On the way down there are a few sketchy steps where you just don't want to mess up. For an expert, no big deal. I wasn't an expert.


    On a snowboard the steepest was in a bad situation I got myself into 100 feet West of Fingers cliff band which is just under the KT-22 chair lift at Squaw Valley. I was spread eagle hanging on to the mountain so I didn't slip down the cliff, I needed to get over another 100 feet. Finally I just had to jump. That was the closest to death I have ever felt. What a rush! Kind of like paddling with great whites in Manhattan Beach.

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  • Milcah Kipruto

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    Mt Longonot it was hard but we manage to go up to the top..it was a good experience.

    Mt Longonot

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      A great photo · (1 likelikes)

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      Thanks Nalin · (0 likelikes)

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  • Amanda Renner

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    The cable route on Half Dome. It was terrifying and exhilarating and still makes my palms sweat thinking about it.

    Would I do it again? Yes! The views (and feeling of accomplishment) were too great to not want to experience a second time.General Trippy Media

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      So awesome, it has always been on my bucket list! I need to work up the courage to actually do it... · (0 likelikes)

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  • Joel Murray

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    Something a bit different is Lincoln (England)'s Steep Hill.

    It lives up to its name and is quite infamous for visitors and residents alike! Right from the city centre Lincoln has an incline on the main High Street leading up to Lincoln Cathedral, built at the top of the hill and looking over the area (you can see it from miles around!).

    Steep Hill

    As you make your way up the hill you'll pass medieval buildings, quaint tea rooms, vintage boutiques, antique dealers and more. The view when you get to the top is something to behold so it's definitely worth the effort!

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    Mt KenyaMyself, would say Mt Kenya. I loved it though. It was a hard one more so after doing some rock-climbing.

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    San Francisco, Lombard Street! Walked all the way from Union Square to San Francisco Chinatown. A fun walk!

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      Yes beautiful San Fran is a work out for the quads and calves too! · (1 likelikes)

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      Love Lombard Street!!! · (0 likelikes)

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    Maybe Angels Landing hike, Zion National Park or the hike up Putucusi Mountain in Aguas Calientes. It's a bit dicey climbing up the wooden ladder when everything is wet! If that doesn't get you, some of the cliff edges go straight down the mountain!Aguas Calientes

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    Toronto's CN Tower, and years ago, a cable car up the side of a mountain at Jasper, Alberta. Hated every minute of both experiences! My acrophobia just won't let me enjoy the wonderful views provided by such places!

    P.S The Waimea Canyon on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii, is fabulously beautiful, but I couldn't go close to the railing on the lookout to get the best view.

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    I paid a man to walk me out on the edge of Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I found myself handing him my Canon DSLR as I stood on the edge of the falls, looking down at a 100 meter drop. He smiled and told me step toward the edge. I hesitated, took a step, looked over my shoulder at a rainbow beneath me, and felt something - a tremble of sorts, in my chest. I immediately sat, and said, "I think we'll do this sitting!" He laughed at me and took my picture. I'm not afraid of heights. I've been skydiving. Thousands have taken this same picture. This wasn't even the highest point I've looked down from, but there was something about this moment that scared me. I can't completely explain it. I can still feel it.

    The man handed my camera to me and we walked back to the forest paths that led to the riverbed. I paid him and he waved as I wandered back to my family.Victoria Falls

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    Lausanne! It's a stunning climb from the train station that drops you off at the base of the city along Lake Geneva. The climb is very intense but there will be plenty of places to stop along the way. Make sure to keep on pushing through to make it up to Cathedrale de Lausanne.

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