суббота, 14 октября 2017 г.

natgeotravel Video by @renan_ozturk // A glimpse of the UNESCO…

  • natgeotravel Video by @renan_ozturk // A glimpse of the UNESCO world heritage site Metéora (meaning ‘suspended in air’) in Northern Greece, captured with @taylorfreesolo. ~

    There are over a hundred towers of conglomerate grey rock here, an ancient sea bed thrust upward and calved off in these sheer forms, hundreds of feet high. Some experts posit this could have been the site of the earliest technical rock climbing, possibly dating back to the 9th or 10th century. Later in the 11th century, the Eastern Orthodox monasteries were built on some of the summits and are still thriving religious communities and tourism sites, seeing tens of thousands of visitors a year. ~

    From talking to the local climbers there seems to be a bit of a conflict between the climbers and the monks. The monks feel the climbers scar the rock with bolts (there aren’t many, I can attest!) and also threaten the religious tourism, but the climbers feel wrongly accused of harming the rock compared to the construction of the monasteries. The budding adventure sports community sees the positive growth potential that climbing and high-lining would bring to the area, encouraging even more people to visit the religious sites on their rest days between climbs. Having experienced both worlds for a few days, I was equally spellbound by the bold achievements all around!

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