on August 25, 2006
Our first day in Zion, we hiked Angel's Landing--what one of the bus drivers called the "testosterone hike." This is an excellent description. Throngs of people hike to the top of Angel's Landing to prove their manhood (or womanhood in my case). The 5-mile trail is rated strenuous and is not recommended for anyone fearful of heights. There's a point where you hike along a narrow, 3-foot-wide ridge with a 1500-foot sheer drop on either side to the canyon below. One false move, and S-P-L-A-T. It is probably the most hairball hike I have ever done. My heart was racing, and I actually began doing this slight hyperventilation thing that I do at extreme heights. It also didn’t help that the wind was blowing 100 miles an hour that day.
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