It was astounding to me while visiting Grand Canyon National Park how people would go to great lengths to get as close to the edge of the canyon’s rim as possible. When there was protective fencing, like at Mather Point, it was not bad to watch. Fencing seldom deterred those who wanted a closer look into the depths of the Grand Canyon. I saw many people climb around and over the fencing to get that once (and maybe last) in a lifetime look into the chasm.
For instance, this gentleman, who looks like he might be wondering why he climbed out onto the rock ledge near Mather Point and how he was going to get back from it.
Near Yavapai Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, I could not help but smile as this priest, in full frock, was talking on his cell phone while standing one step away from a 4,500 foot (1,372 meter) fall. Wonder if he was getting better reception there.
When I first climbed down into the Grand Canyon and came upon Ooh Aah Point, it was literally crawling with people trying to get as close to the edge of the canyon as possible. By then I figured it was some sort of thrill seeking gene in these people. While I did get close to the edge, I never put myself in danger…in my mind. 🙂
So, do you have the urge to look down from great heights at the edge of whatever it is you are standing on? Or, are you a bit more careful in how you approach cliffs, canyons, waterfalls or tall building overlooks?