You Couldn't Pay Me Enough To Hike This Trail

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Jan. 07, 2014

If you decide to go to China anytime soon there's a mountain called Mt. Hua Shan.  And on that mountain is a trail.  A trail made for only crazy people. A trail that is over 6 hours long and 7,087 feet high.  But the real kicker is what is waiting for climbers at the top.  It's certainly not the fountain of youth.

First, the hike itself doesn't look too dangerous, just a bunch of stairs that would make Paula Deen break a cold sweat.



But they start to get a little narrow and little more steep.



And it keeps going up...and up with no floating house to help you.



Once you get to the top, it doesn't end there.  You have to take this death bubble on a wire across a valley to get to the next walking path.






And the next walking path looks like THIS.  I had no idea Castle Greyskull was located in China.



Don't worry, you can take a rest after throwing up from vertigo.



But remember, there's eager hikers behind you and it's real hard to walk around if you can't tell, so you better keep moving.









Good Lord, this picture below looks like an M.C. Escher drawing.  Is that mountain below sideways??  Brain - can't - handle!



The sign reads: White People Are Crazy



And when you're finally finished with your heart attack workout, behold your reward for climbing over seven thousand feet into the air on a death mission to the top.

A teahouse.  A TEAHOUSE.





That's right, a nice cup of tea for all of your hard work.  No pitcher of beer, no chili dog.  Tea.  That's what you get.



I suppose it is a nice view.  But it'd probably look better on a postcard while I sit on my couch.  In conclusion, no thank you.

- Todd Spence (twitter)









melnebone User

i cant comprehend this, it is so sublime. i take it those steps have been cut out of solid rock, i wonder when the path of enlightenment was made. did the builders hang down from the top of the mountain with vine leaves to make the wooden path, whow, amazing !!!!!!

Aaron Hollinger
Aaron Hollinger

I'll pay you, actually your paying for the trip, so its free

Tim Curry
Tim Curry

no more illuminati and 100 million $

Elliot-Boudreau-536 User

I would totally do this while confronting my fear of heights. The best to do it too!

Lash  LaRue
Lash LaRue

how do they get material up there to build that shit

otgrinder2591 User

if we had a deal where for completing this you would provide all the money I could spend for the rest of my life..... AND gave every one of my relatives $1,000,000 so they wouldn't bug me for anything........ I STILL WOULDN'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!

generic_name User

That wooden ledge would have made one REALLY good Harlem Shake video.

Johnjason-Chun-981 User

Fee Life Insurance Policies for each Hiker! I get 67% you get 33%. 

Johnjason-Chun-981 User

I should buy life insurance for each "hiker" that takes this hike..... Return on each $1m policy should be good. 

Aaron Jones
Aaron Jones

ill hike it for 2 tickets to wrestlemania xxx!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones

would do it in a heartbeat if given the opportunity.

coolingtower1024 User

I got the willies just looking at the pictures.  If it were a video, I wouldn't finish it.  NOPE!!!!

Dave Clark
Dave Clark

Come on Kev Davidson, lets do it! Fancy doing some via ferrata in the Dolomites?

Milly Nettleton
Milly Nettleton

There isn't enough money in the world to tempt me to hike this trail.

fritellino User

Is the only way back down from the Teahouse (aside from an unfortunate footfall), the same trail?  If so, then I would be fine with just tea.  While a beer would be nice, I think I would rather remain sober for the hike down.  

Also, I would hate to have to work my way around the delivery guy pushing the dolly loaded with 4 cases of Tsingtao up to the bar.

coolingtower1024 User

I was wondering the same thing.  Also, who took the last picture?  Is the air thick enough to get a helicopter up there?

LostKeys User

@fritellino Something tells me there is another way up. I mean there is no way  you can run a business  on the top of a mountain when its a massive hike to get there, nor could you find anyone who would work there, let alone show up for an interview. 

My-2-Cents User

I'll do it for plane fare...