The World’s Most Dangerous Path Isn’t So Dangerous Any More


The world’s most dangerous path. The world’s most treacherous, the world’s
most deadly. This got all those descriptors and more. This is El Caminito Del Rey, near Malaga, on the southern coast of Spain. And, well, once this was the world’s most
dangerous path, or certainly something very close to it. It was built between 1901 and 1905 by sailors
and prisoners, who were either used to working at height, or didn’t really have much of a choice. And it was used to get people between two
hydroelectric power stations, and yes, apparently there were hydroelectric power
stations in 1900s Spain. It surprised me too. It was named El Caminito del Rey, the king’s
little pathway, after it was walked by King Alfonso the 13th. But it didn’t look like this back then. It was just some metal, hammered into the
rock at 45°, and then some concrete put on top of it. And maybe there’d be a bit of a handrail
or a safety wire, but it was certainly not safe by modern standards. And over time, the path fell into disuse, and it fell into disrepair, and then just started to fall apart. But that didn’t stop thrill seekers. As the internet and the web started to spread
news of it, this attracted people from all over the world
to come and walk this crumbling but apparently-just-about-safe
walkway. And there are photos, all over the web, of
2005 and 2006, of people climbing onto safety wires and walking
across very narrow bits of metal to try to get to the next bit. But that’s not what it looks like now. The trouble was: people kept falling to their
deaths, at the rate of one every couple of years. And eventually the local government decided,
well, no, this is enough. We are closing this. Which of course just made the problem worse, because now thrill seekers want to do the
most dangerous path in the world… that had been banned. So eventually they found a solution: build
a brand-new path, on top of the ruins of the old one, and build it to 21st-century standards with
21st-century technology. There are safety helmets now. There are handrails, there’s wire, there is a guard at the entrance checking
tickets. And there is wi-fi and toilets at each end. And you know what? It works. It’s still thrilling, but it’s also safe,
and now: there are a heck of a lot more people who
have access to this incredible site and the views. But online? This is still the most dangerous path in the
world. You will still see the old blog posts from
the 2000s, you will still see the old image sharing sites
and YouTube videos from five years ago saying, “oh yeah, this is still dangerous. This is still terrifying.” And of course nobody bothers fact checking
online, so, oh, this still gets forwarded everywhere. But this isn’t that dangerous any more. It used to be as dangerous as, say, a base
jump, it used to attract thrill seekers, the real adrenaline junkies… and now? It attracts tourists who are okay with heights. And I reckon that’s better. Even if the click bait might not be true any
more, a heck of a lot more people have access to
what is an incredible place.

100 thoughts on “The World’s Most Dangerous Path Isn’t So Dangerous Any More

  1. Wait wait wait so there is not one but 2 Hydro-electric dams from the 1900's but your talking about this path?

  2. I wonder if the new bridge will stand the test of time like the old one did. they sure did build things well back then

  3. 1 person falling every year or two really isn't that bad when it comes to the MOST dangerous anything!

  4. So they took a dangerous walkway made by attaching metal at 45 degrees and placing concrete on-top, into a safe walkway by attaching metal at 45 degrees with timber on top…

  5. well then its not the most dangerous path in the world anymore so nobody wants to walk on somthing with no risk

  6. Been in 91…great access routes for climbers! Crazy hommbres had this annual ritual. ..huge rope swing up through the gorge and about 15 people bungee dropped off the bridge pipe in a group on one rope!….great spot. Love the video I'd forgotten where it was 😆

  7. Closing it down because people are dying of their own accord, like risk isn't allowed in life. I would love to walk that path even though it is risky, that is the fun in it.

  8. I went there when I was in the area last year. I learned about it from this video, and today YouTube suggested it to me again 😊

  9. I agree with the Darwin comment. If people are stupid enough to try to walk the "world's most dangerous path", and they manage to remove themselves from the gene pool, that's a good thing. Protect the gene pool, stop putting warnings on everything or making everything safe.

  10. I mean why would you wear a safety helmet

    i mean oh shoot im falling to my death THIS HELMET SHALL PROTECT MY SKULL AND ALL MY BONES!!!!!

  11. I remember watching those low quality videos of people walking on that pathway back in 2007 and sweating just by sitting in front of the computer. Nice to hear about it again, for a long time I was wondering where those videos were coming from.

  12. Why close the original path? If stupid people want to die what right does the local government have to stop them?

  13. What's the problem of people dying there? They decided to walk there, misscalculating their skills. It's okay to die to stuipidity

  14. I was gonna go here, but since you have pointed this out, I wont.
    I don't like crowds, i don't like paying for things but most of all, I don't like safety.

  15. So this was built with today's technology??? In one of the clips I saw the support braces anchored down to the old cement of the bridge below!!! When that gives away it's gonna take a good section of the now "safe" bridge with it. What were these engineers thinking??

  16. “Apparently there were hydroelectric power stations in 1900 Spain”

    Not entirely surprising, since a complex type of power generator called a “water wheel” had already been in use, and was a logical choice for the generation of this brand-spanking new form of power called “electricity.”

  17. If it was closed and now longer use why not just destroy it instant of doing all the rebuild? Be a lot cheaper and quicker.

  18. Freakn saftey patrol ruins it again. Hey here's a secret. Life is dangerous, ur gona die. That looks wild tho. Imagine the stones on the fellas back then.

  19. I just wish they built it a little higher over the ruins, it seems off to me that they would hammer steel beams through what’s essentially a historical sight

  20. The bridge would be worn down, then people would danger themselves by walking on it, Then a new bridge would be built, And so on, Until we will go extinct.

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