Looking back towards Scout Overlook, Angels Landing
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Location: Looking back towards Scout Overlook, Angels Landing. Zion National Park
This is one of the most unique and thrilling hiking trails in any of the national parks The trail to the top takes you along the narrow spine of a highly exposed sandstone fin, complete with chains to help you reach the summit. The clincher for most hikers is the last half-mile to the top, where you must climb along the narrow ridge that has dizzying drop-offs on both sides—nearly a 1200 foot drop on one side and over 800 feet down on the other. When you reach the top, stunning valley views and canyon vistas spread out as far as the eye can see—a spectacular award for those who brave the climb.
We set out quite early in the morning whilst it was still cool. Sheila dropped out quite early on, even before we reached the famous Walters Wiggles. She does not have much of a head for heights and particularly drops and these ones were a real doozy.
I plodded on trying to juggle my camera whilst climbing up a narrow arete using chains - not an easy thing - but boy was it worth it.
I can definitely say that this was the best hike that I have ever done anywhere in the world and that even includes my beloved Lake District!!
Technical SpecificationsCanon EOS 5D MK 11, Canon L series 24 - 105 mm 1/200 sec @ F11 ISO 200 Lee 0.3 ND Grad filter
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