Breathtaking Views from the Top of the Rock

Climbing is a dangerous pastime that can seriously damage your health!
Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls with the goal of reaching the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route.
Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes.

Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park. Dead Horse Point is a promontory of stone surrounded by steep cliffs near Moab, Utah.
Stroll along the Rim Walk, towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River. The mesa that is Dead Horse Point provides breathtaking views of the canyon country of southeastern Utah and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park. The Legend of Dead Horse Point: Cowboys corralled wild mustangs on the Point, then chose the horses they wanted. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst.

Shiprock, New Mexico

Shiprock, New Mexico…Thirty million years ago, it was 2,000 feet underground.
Today, thanks to erosion, Shiprock towers roughly 1,700 feet over northwestern New Mexico and attracts thousands of savvy vacationers each year.
Considered one of the world’s finest volcanic formations, Shiprock is a volcanic “neck,” the remains of the core of a once-mighty volcano. Anglo-Americans gave the formation, which can be seen up to 100 miles away, its current name because, from a distance, it looks like a large clipper ship.
Years before that, however, the Navajo called the rock Tsé Bit’ A’i, or Rock with Wings. The name stems from an ancient Navajo legend that tells how the rock was once a large bird, who ­ summoned by the Navajo’s ancestors ­ helped transport the people away from pursuing enemies and brought them to New Mexico.

Preikestolen, Kjerag plateau, Forsand, Norway

Preikestolen (nynorsk) or Prekestolen (bokmål) – also known as Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and Hyvlatonnå (old local name) – the most famous scenic attraction in Ryfylke, and in all of Rogaland county, is located in the Lysefjord. To experience its majesty, hike up to it! You follow a well marked trail from the Pulpit Rock lodge through different mountain landscapes. A trip to Preikestolen from the closest car park and Norwegian Mountain Touring Associations staffed hut Prekestolhytta is a 3-4 hour round trip hike with fabulous views. The parking facility and hut are about 1.5 hours from Stavanger city by ferry and car.
The rock itself is a massive cliff 604 metres above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres square and almost flat.
In 2004 approximately 78,000 people took the 6 km hike to Preikestolen in the four summer months making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway.

Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima is the highest point in Guyana, the plateau standing at 2700 m with the peak at 2810 m in Venezuela. Roraima is the tripartite border of Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil, and at the moment can only be approached from the Venezuelan side. Part of the ancient Guiana Shield, which extends into Brazil and Venezuela and was once part of Gondwanaland before tectonic activity moved apart the continents of Africa and South America, Roraima has developed unique flora which huddles for shelter in pockets on the exposed, windswept plateau. Amazing rock formations have been carved by wind and water, and the ground is uneven and rocky with frequent crystal clear pools of excruciatingly cold water (good for the circulation apparently!) There are crystal beds that contain large, individual crystals in interesting shapes, and stunning views from the top over the Gran Sabana of Venezuela, provided the cloud cover lifts. A good guide should give you the opportunity to see all of these features once on the top.

Nameless Tower

This is the other name of the majestic Trango Towers located on the Baltoro Glacier in Baltistan, Northern Pakistan. This ambiguity about its name further mystifies this 6,239 m / ( 20,470 ft ) high pointed granite spire found on the Karakoram offshoot, Baltoro Muztagh. Its large size and vast ridgeline expanding up to 1000 m has fascinated rock climbers over years. The first mountaineer to leave his footmark upon its summit was the British climber Joe Brown, accompanied by Martin Boysen, Mo Anthoine and Malcolm Howells. Today you will find 8 separate climb routes to its peak, among which the Eternal Flame remains a favorite for those daring to go the Dan Osman way.

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  3. Marc says:

    I visited the Preikestolen last year and it is not 3-4 hours from the car park, If you walk quikly you can be there in 45 min.

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