Whilst out climbing and hiking it is common that you will come along drops on the mountains. Some steep, some shallow and some hair-raising… well if you can raise your hair 😉
Some are great for scrambling up, heart and lung workouts or a fast way down. Many more are aimed for by climbers with technical abilities to claim new goals in their confidence and thrills. Around the world there are many spectacular vertical drops. I wanted to take a look at a few:
Longest Purely Vertical Drop on Earth – Mount Thor
Simply a stunning looking drop too. Mount Thor is on Baffin Island, Canada. The drop is an astoundingly huge vertical 1,250 m (4,100 ft). Sitting atop the overhang must be an incredible experience.. Yes, on the bucket list!
Highest Mountain Face in the World – Nanga Parbat (North Face)
Nanga Parbat is the 9th highest Mountain in the world (above sea level). This 8000er in Pakistan’s Rupal has a north face that face that stands 4,600 m (15,000 feet) above it’s base. Altitude, enormous face, extremes, there is a reason this mountain is called ‘The killer mountain’
Highest Waterfall on Earth – Angel Falls
These falls in Venezuela stand at an almighty 979 m (3212 ft). To put that into perspective.. Niagara Falls stands at just 53 m (173 ft). Or, if you think that the highest Mountain in England (Scafell Pike) is even one metre smaller! Yes, than a waterfall! Wonderful to look at, mesmerising to watch. So high that much of the water that starts coming over the top evaporates or blows away before hitting the bottom.
Huge Cliffs around the World
What is a cliff? Well it is defined normally as a near vertical rock face. That opens the door to many claims of the highest. Many believe it should naturally be Naga Parbat’s North Face mentioned earlier. To some it is not vertical enough. Here are other contenders including sea cliffs:
Trango Towers Pakistan
Being more vertical than the other option makes this a definitive highest cliff for most. In Pakistan and standing at 1340 m (4396 ft) the Great Tower of Trango Towers is a main goal of many technical climbers and even base jumpers.
Highest Sea Cliffs
According to The Guinness Book of Records the title of highest sea cliffs in the world belongs to the cliffs of Kalaupapa, Hawaii with a height of 1010 m (3314 ft). I have actually descended these cliffs on a mule. A scary but amazing memory to have.
However, the absolutely stunning Mitre Peak in New Zealand drops 1683 m (5522 ft) into the waters of Milford Sound. The most probable reason for not being counted as sea cliffs is the fact that the Sound is classed a Fjord, not the Ocean/Sea.
A Cliff on Earth to beat them all though is deep deep under the Ocean on the Kermadec Trench. An 8000 m drop spanning just 4250 m. Wow!