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Published on Sep 2, 2009
The HuaShan Plank Trail. Is it really the most dangerous trail on our dirt ball planet? There was only one way to find out and that was to go there myself instead of relying on Internet rumors. This might have been one of the more dangerous hikes in the world before the safety lines just above the chains and the required harness was added. Perhaps you have received an email showing pictures with what is billed as an insanely dangerous plank walk. There was one section where if the wood could talk, it would be crying out for a preemptive replacement but keeping the old planks intact after a few seasons of sun, snow and rain does give this place a heightened since of danger. HuaShan scenic area is a 2 hour bus ride from Xian. There is a train line that I believe stops at a nearby town within a few miles of HuaShan. I arrived in Xian after a 17 hour train ride from Shanghai. I did notice that work is being done on a ultra high speed line from Shanghai up to Xian which will cut the travel time to 5 hours. As for this hike being billed on the Internet as the "most dangerous in the world," I will leave that for you to decide. I can only tell you that it was a thrill for me to actually do a hike half way around the world after seeing several emails about it. Music=Kevin Mcleod