As the latest craze to sweep the internet, selfies have been spreading across various social media like wildfire. From celeb-filled snaps at the Oscars to adrenalin junkies displaying their latest adventures, competition to post the ‘ultimate selfie’ is fierce.
Inevitably, this leads to a number of safety concerns, especially the threat of slips, falls and other types of accidents in public occurring as the competition for likes and retweets gets fierce with everyone looking to outdo everyone else.
One place that requires particularly close care and attention, should you choose to pose for pictures there, is Mount Huashan Plank Trail, China.
Mount Huashan Plank Trail – slips, trips and falls
Located near Huayin, Mount Huashan Plank Trail boasts five peaks, the highest of which is the South Peak, standing at over 2,154 metres. The ascent is not one for travellers of a nervous disposition. The North Peak is the lowest, standing at a comparatively mere 1614 metres, and has three routes which visitors can follow to the summit.
Numerous measures have been put in place to try and limit the danger of climbing Mount Huashan, but the fact reminds that mountain climbing is an activity littered with danger and the possibility of trip and fall accidents occurring. Pictures of brave, or foolish, depending on your viewpoint, adventurers clinging to chains attached to the mountain as they edge sideways along narrow wooden paths that look far from secure will have palms sweating and hearts beating.
Part of the steps taken to help reduce the risk of accidents at Mount Huashan include cutting the pathways deeper into the mountain, making existing pathways wider, making the stone steps more secure by building them up and adding railings. Authorities also introduced a one-way system on certain parts of the trek to prevent perilous negotiations and manoeuvres at dangerous heights.
Despite this, accidents in public can, and do, still happen. All too often, the consequences of a trip or fall are fatal.
How can I stay safe climbing Mount Huashan?
Wearing good quality, well-gripped shoes can help prevent slips and falls. If you must climb Mount Huashan, exercise extreme caution when doing so.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice