Helmcken Falls – again

This is the scary view of Helmcken Falls, just a few feet from a sheer 140-m plunge into the bowl below. Unlike the main tourist viewpoint, there is no safety fence here, nothing to stop you falling into the maelstrom below. Make no mistake, this was a damn scary place to be – the falls are really loud and intimidating, and the edge of the cliff overhangs slightly. The four of us found that the best way to deal with it was to sit or lie down a few feet back from the edge; that felt much safer. There was a small tree to hang on to which we used to peer over the edge. Still gives me butterflies…

The get a more visceral sense of where this photo was taken check out the short video clip I took: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUmSwOK4tFk

To get here is a 45-60 min walk on a level, forested trail. To be honest, it’s a pretty boring walk but the adrenaline rush of being so exposed more than makes up for that!

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