Kings Walk (El Camino Del Rey) in Spain

The last time I did any serious climbing was about seven years ago when I got within 1/2 mile to the summit of Angels Landing (you can see pictures here if you’re interested; just scroll down) in Zion National Park, Utah’s most visited park. At that point, and after hearing about the challenge just ahead which was a ledge just wide enough for one person to pass at a time, I decided to wait for the more adventurous in my group in the relative safety and shading of the rock ledges 1/2 mile below. Sometimes you just have to know your limits, and that was mine!

Then someone sent me this video which makes Angels Landing look like a hike for babies by comparison. Watching the video gives me enough pause; you’d never catch me actually doing it. This one is for crazy people if you ask me, but it’s fascinating as well. There are actually huge portions of the trail missing and people still pass through! You have to see it to believe it.

It’s El Caminito Del Rey in in El Chorro, near Álora in Málaga, Spain, built for King Alfonso XIII [1886-1941]. The name is often shortened to El Camino del Rey. After four people died there in two accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed the entrances; however, as you will see, it doesn’t stop thrill seekers. I hope my hang-gliding son-in-law sees this. He’d probably love a challenge like this.

This version (there are longer ones) was uploaded to YouTube by klaver13belgium