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Most DANGEROUS Hike in the World: Huashan Plank Walk


Good morning. We have been up since about
4 a.m. it is now around 5:30 a.m. and we have somehow made our way to the
Xi’an North Train Station. We got a taxi because we didn’t want that deal with nonsense today. We’re trying to figure out where to go and I think coffee might be on the agenda too. Welcome to Huashanbei, Huashan North Train Station. There are a bazillion people here trying to sell us stuff. I don’t know what anyone did when they traveled before these translation apps, everyone
uses them. They’re super helpful. People who have no idea how to speak English
can just talk into a phone and then it’ll spit out English for them, it’s amazing. We just left our bags at a tourist shop just sort of out there on the floor for
20 yuan each not really the safest but you know, cross your fingers! Looks like the right place. The bus took for freaking ever so we’re gonna take the taxi back for the sake of time. So now we have to get our
tickets for the cable car and get on the bus to the cable car. There is a place to leave your luggage here. It’s that little office back there. It’s a little more legit than just like dropping your
stuff off in a shop and hoping it doesn’t get stolen. Here’s the ticketing hall. It is 7:30 in the morning. Why are all these people awake?! They require our fingerprints to get on the bus, geez! We’ve arrived at the East Gate. Look at
the fog it’s so beautiful. I don’t think we’ll be able to see
anything when we’re up there. Look at all the fog, it’s so beautiful! We have some good news! This is where the one and a half hour to three hour long
line normally is so we have gotten here early enough to avoid that one. Coming
back down is going to be another story we’re kind of short on time so we’ll see
how long those lines look. This is a little something called the sky ladder.
They were trying to sell us gloves and now we’re starting to understand why,
although Justin didn’t even need to hold on he just spider-mans it like a champ. Do you know how much easier the Great Wall would be if they had these chains next
to their freaking ladders of death?! The chains make them so easy. Here’s the big ol’ staircase. There
was a sign saying “no watching when walking” No watching while walking! Nope. Not allowed. The fog is getting a bit higher. Justin got us a snack. I don’t know what it is but it’s good. No striding! Absolutely no striding on this walking path. What does that even mean?! Oh my god. Wow So there’s an alternate pathway over here, just regular stairs. Justin says I don’t want to do that. I don’t know whether or not to listen to Justin. Oh my god. Here you need a harness because this walk over here is pretty dangerous. It looks like the link to get on the
plank walk is actually pretty long. Justin: Yeah it’s not moving Claire: Yeah it’s not moving it all but all these people keep going up, where are they going? Justin: There’s an overlook up there. We’ve been waiting 40 minutes. I want to get this done. We’ve been waiting in line for over an hour. We’ve been in line for almost 2 hours and it’s freezing So now we are waiting to sign the waiver It’s very cold. *Shivers* Alright we are only about an hour behind schedule so we will see what happens now. *Shivers* Claire: Oh my god
Justin: How are you feeling now? It’ll be fine. I’m fine. This is fine. We’re fine. I have no idea how we’re going to make our train. This is taking FOREVER. At this point I’m trying not to think about the cold
and being late for our train. The fact that this doesn’t scare me at
all makes me wonder if there’s something actually wrong with me right now. I’m fine! They have a laminator in a printer right on the edge of this cliff. Claire: It’s so pretty
Justin: I don’t want to look down. How are you feeling Justin? Yeah, heck yeah it was worth the wait!
We’re gonna have to run to our train cuz we’re late but worth it. I’ve never been anywhere even remotely
this epic before in my life. We’re almost the end. Alrigjt we’re going back now finally, yay! It is smooth sailing from here. The race to the Train begins! We have two hours and 45 minutes to do about three hours worth of stuff, at least, so we’re gonna be crossing our fingers pretty tight and going as fast as we can. Everyone keeps staring at me because I look like an idiot. *heavy tired breathing* Over there, that other mountain, that’s where we’re headed. That’s our goal. Downhill for now. I’m assuming this is it. This is where we get the cable car down. There’s Justin, he’s going to go get tickets. We did a 45 minute hike in 30 minutes. So that’s something. The line for the funicular can get up to 3 hours long and somehow we’ve managed to get a line that’s maybe 10 or 20 minutes long. I think we might actually make it! Taxis! He got us here in about five seconds
that man is my hero! It is only 4:20! It is 4:20 our train
leaves in 40 minutes! Justin: That’s plenty of time!
Claire: Oh my gosh! I can’t believe we did it!
WOW! What a mess. Okay so now it’s time to see if
all of our luggage got stolen or not. We have time to use the restroom time to get a snack! This right here is where we left our luggage in this first little shop on the right so if you’re
looking to figure out where to put your luggage that’s where we put ours. We have luggage! We have luggage, we’re on time! Oh man! Now this isn’t the end of the
fire drill. When we arrive in Xi’an we have to get a taxi to the airport
because we have a flight at 8:00. This might be tired Claire talking
but I need help with some logic. It’s a beautiful, shiny, gorgeous airport with a beautiful shiny marble bathroom and squatty potties like every other place here. If you are willing to invest in automatic squatty potties that can
automatically tell when I lift my butt

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24 thoughts on “Most DANGEROUS Hike in the World: Huashan Plank Walk

  1. What an epic hike!! That must have been an amazing experience. It is interesting how nervous you were on the "ladders" but you were fearless on the planks. Definitely allowed you to really enjoy the moment and incredible view! <3

  2. so freaking scary just by watching it/// so, didn't you guys get briefed at all about the most definitely important safety instructions for the plank walk? or, at least a piece of instruction written in English before deciding whether or not you should "put your life at such rick"?

  3. "It is 7 30 in the morning Why are all these people awake!?" Claire CAN do mornings, Claire does not want to do mornings, sadly daylight is useful.

  4. having now watched the video I have come to the conclusion you need all those bags to carry around your massive balls, you probably have to reserve an extra seat each for them. Holy crap that was awesome but my palms were sweaty just watching.

  5. Constant pee tickles the entire time that cliff was on screen. My fear of heights is alive and well, apparently.

  6. Ok, I am giving the comment again. Just like you and the editor behind you. Well done. I will watch every vedio and give you like mark.

  7. You are so cute. You are doing a very dangeous thing but still thinking of the train. Great! Actually, this walk is not the mist dangeous now because of the safety wires. Previously, there was no wire. Please imagine it!

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