I must have had a guardian angel on my shoulder when I climbed Huayna Picchu because I managed to pick the only spot to roll off the mountain and fall only 20 feet or so, not 2000.
Not only that, I landed with my head inches from big rocks that certainly would have cracked my skull - but I can attest that a miss is as good as a mile.
I'm an experienced mountain climber - Kilimanjaro, the Alps, Mt. Whitney, etc - so if it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone...in my case, it was a turn of an ankle that caused me to instinctively react by shifting my weight and hop to avoid a sprain or break, and that small hop was all it took to pitch me over the edge. I reached out to grab at brush, branches, twigs - whatever I could hold onto to break my fall, with no luck. I had enough time during my fall to think as I was tumbling head over heels that "this isn't good," and then, when there was no more brush and I was in free-fall, I had enough time to think to myself "I wonder how long until I land."
Despite my fall, I give Huayna Picchu 5-stars and would climb it again. It's an exhilarating climb and the views on top are breathtaking.
I don't know why the local authorities can't add some ropes or other things to give handholds and help safety. The circumstances leading up to my fall were that on our descent, on the very narrow, steep stair section, we came upon a young woman who was frozen from fear and couldn't continue. She was in an area where passing would be extremely dangerous.
Nevertheless, my sweetheart, in order to help her, shimmied out and around her. Then, he walked down BACKWARDS and had her lean her head into his chest so she didn't have to look. In this fashion, he got her down from the worst area to a flatter section. At that point, I was able to pass and was hurrying to catch up with my children who were ahead of us. I was worrying about them and rushing to reach them when I twisted my ankle and went over the edge.
All's well that ends well. After the mishap, we continued on - a bit slower! - and had a wonderful rest of the day, first hiking out to more of the amazing vistas around this area, then down to Machu Picchu, which is not to be missed.
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