May 16, 2012

Tsingy Climbing, Madagascar

Photograph by Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic

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Climber John "Razor Sharp" Benson weaves through skin-ripping pinnacles. In Malagasy, the formations are called tsingy, meaning "where one cannot walk barefoot." The terrain resists intrusions from hunters, hungry cattle, and wildfires.

See more pictures from the November 2009 feature story "Living on a Razor's Edge."

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Nick Hadad
Nick Hadad

This is a shame! Though a beautiful picture, such an activity as climbing on the rock formations, out of the designated walking path, destroys the Tsingys (which are also considered 'holy')… Can't help it but wonder whether this is a form of 'eco-tourism' or just 'temporal' eco-tourism till all is gone… 

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