A Walk a Week – El Chorro Gorge

Caminito del Rey in El Chorro Gorge, southern Spain (approx. 50km from Malaga) is one of the worlds most dangerous walk ways. To access the walkway you need to equip yourself with Ferrata material. Don’t try it without the necessary safety ropes, gloves, helmets and harness and even then it’s mind bogging and a test to ones courage and mental auto-control! The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials and to facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction began in 1901 and was finished in 1905. In 1921, King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway for the inauguration of the dam and it became known by its present name.* The walkway is one meter (3 ft and 3 in) in width, and rises over 100 meters (350 ft) above the river below. Constructed of concrete, resting on steel rails supported by stanchions at around 45 degrees into the rock face, it is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top has collapsed. The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures. Hardly any of the original handrails exist but a Ferrata safety-wire runs the length of the path. Several people have lost their lives on the walkway in recent times and after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed both entrances by destroying completely the walkways in the hope of dis-motivating walkers to use the Caminitobut nothing stops the adventurous soul. (Album: copyright NoFootTooLoose Tour 2009 and 2010)

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4 responses to “A Walk a Week – El Chorro Gorge

    • it’s truly breathtaking and almost impossible to convey and capture with a normal camera. One would need to risk taking a wide lens or hang from further up on ropes to really be able to show what the narrow path feels like. You can check YouTube for some videos of people walking it and one does get sweaty hands! :)

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