June 28, 2014

Scenic Route

Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic

Climber Emily Harrington takes the hard way up southern China’s Moon Hill, an arch from the remains of a collapsed cave. Sightseers have an easier option: a paved walkway to a viewpoint beneath the arch, then a dirt path to the top.

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37 comments
mani maran
mani maran

I don't have a single word to express the beauty of these picture


Ken Ebert
Ken Ebert

This is a beautiful place. My students from Albany, NY and I were in Yangshuo on June 27 and hiked up the "easy" way, hiking up the steps on June 27.   We were followed by two elderly ladies, who were trying to sell water to us for 20 yuan ($3.00) a bottle .

LALITH JAYASEKERA
LALITH JAYASEKERA

Beautiful picture. Should  read the article in January 2014 impossible Rock.

Tigor Prasodjo
Tigor Prasodjo

awesome, looks you have flashlight when captured the hill

병정 이
병정 이

아니~~ 이게 어떻게 되는거죠?

산위에 엄청 큰~~~ 바위가 연결되어 있는 건가요?

마치 땅과 하늘이 만난 것 같군요.


Shannon T
Shannon T

WTF?! I feel dizzy and am in awe of her for doing that. Fantastic photo.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Incredible.....and totally crazy!       Beautiful shot, scenery is gorgeous,...... but I'll stay on the ground and just watch.

Yuri Sho
Yuri Sho

Надеюсь, она застраховала свою жизнь на максимальную сумму?

June Shannon
June Shannon

Why do we sometimes choose to do  "things" the hard way?  "Why not?" is one obvious answer.  There is something in this which tells me a few truths about myself.

Johari Kasim
Johari Kasim

Awesome..kind of things photographers do to take legendary shots..salute

Bill HOWARD
Bill HOWARD

I have not been to this area, but seems amazing.  She may be on a route called "Moon Walker."   She discusses climbing at Moon Hill on her website blog.  And, yes, she is in a harness and rope, it just not visible due to the distance of the shot.  

Derek Manson
Derek Manson

I have been there and the view is not that spectacular from the footpath. Carsten must have climbed the other "leg" to get such an amazing photograph.

Bill G.
Bill G.

Simply an amazing shot and more so an amazing lady, well done. 

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

It took me a little while to find the climber but that only added to the drama.  What a wonder capture - the light, shadow and overall composition are so neat.  Thanks for sharing and congrats on the award.  Love this.


Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A small spot of humanity hanging on to a huge rock face,in an amazing shot. Leaving me wondering,why take the way least climbed? Still, human endeavor counts for  pushing onward and outward in risky ways, that for some are impossible to even think of. A  great shot.  j.e.s.........

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I do hope she is tied to something!  It makes me gasp to see a person with such nerve.  It is a beautiful landscape and her red shirt makes her highly visible.

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