I like camping as much as the next outdoorsman, but hanging thousands of feet in the air off a cliff? No thanks.
There seems to be a trend these days with adrenaline junkies pushing the limits with every sport out there. The idea of extreme sports has gained so much popularity, from base jumping off buildings, to slack lining over canyons, to freediving almost a 1000 feet underwater. Rock climbing is becoming an old tradition, but I think older climbers are pretty taken aback when they see people like Alex Honnold free climbing Half Dome. Crazy kids.
So what's next for these thrill-seeking outdoor enthusiasts? Camping, but not the conventional way. Camping on the side of a cliff is how they get their kicks these days. Literally suspended above thin air, the combination of rock climbing and extreme camping goes to show the lengths some people will go to when they're in need of a rush.
Here are 10 pictures of some gnarly cliff camping to make you feel more secure when you pitch your tent on the ground.
This is a 4,000 foot vertical wall in the Arctic, so not only is it freezing but it's really high up. These climbers are sleeping tight, I'm sure.
Forced quality time spent together. I guess if you need to talk things through with your significant other, you can't just walk away...
This would probably be my facial expression. With some added tears.
I guess these guys look like they're enjoying themselves.
Is this what it takes to get some peace and quiet to catch up on your reading??
You can't beat the views though!
Yeah, but where is the railing... or rope, for that matter?
If these pictures are inspiring you (maybe a new hunting perch?), you can cliff camp with Kent Mountain Adventure Center in Colorado. You learn some basics about rock climbing, like how to rappel, and they supply dinner, breakfast and the gear.
This gives me vertigo just looking at it...
So, if life is just getting a little stale and you need an extra jolt of adrenaline, this might be your next adventure. Not for me, though; I'm content just pitching my tent around a campfire.