11 of the Most Precariously Perched Humans
High above solid footings, a growing number of adventurers are sharing their best precarious placements in serenely grand landscapes. From the southernmost state of Australia, to the rocky outcrops of Scandinavia, we take a look at the best images shared via the tag #precariouslyperched, showcased in the account @precariouslyperched.
Hanging 2,300 feet above sea level from Trolltunga, a piece of rock found high above Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Norway. We owe this breathtaking scene to glaciers, which carved out the troll tongue when they carried away the surrounding stone.
We see multiple perched humans captured here on Cape Kiwanda in Oregon. Haystack rock in the distance is composed of basalt, and was formed by lava flows 10 to 17 million years ago. It was once joined to the coastline, but years of erosion have since separated the monolith from the coast.
Fiordland is a geographic region in the southwestern corner of New Zealand. The steep sides of the snow-capped Southern Alps, and the breathtakingly deep lakes dominate most of Fiordland.
Again in New Zealand, the Routeburn Track is 2-4 day journey taking you through ice-carved valleys below the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. This is the view from Lake MacKenzie Hut.
Continuing the story in the southern hemisphere, this shot is from the peak of Mount Eliza in Tasmania, the most remote state of Australia. Below is Lake Pedder, which was controversially dammed in the 1970’s as part of the hydro electricity boom of the era. This is a treacherous hike in the Southwest National Park, and should only be undertaken with ideal weather forecasts due to the dangerous and unpredictable weather patterns in the area.
One more from the Tasmanian wilderness, we have Table Cape. Being perched 180m above the sea here will only take a short walk from the Table Cape lighthouse in Wynyard, with views out to Bass Strait. Looking inland from here gives a wonderful vista of the very popular Tulip Farm nearby.
Speaking of tables, here we are in the Table Mountain National Park, found in Cape Town, South Africa. This landscape again owes its distinctive features to the Ice Age. Here you can be perched almost 1,100m above sea level.
From South Africa, we jump across to a perch found in South America, specifically the Kaieteur Falls in Guyana. It is 251 metres high when measured from its plunge over a sandstone and conglomerate cliff. While many waterfalls have greater height, few have the combination of height and water volume, and Kaieteur is among the most powerful waterfalls in the world, with an average flow rate of 663 cubic metres per second.
Exploring the great Fjadrargljufur Canyon in Iceland. The canyon was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers through the rocks over millennia and has ended up about 2km long and around 100m deep in parts.
Nick brings us back down to Tasmania, perched on above Fossil Cove on brilliant sandstone cliffs.
Rounding us off with one of the most epic perches back in New Zealand, you can be rewarded with this magnificent view from the top of Mt Roy track above Lake Wanaka.
This guest post was written by Miles Gray. He hails from the Gold Coast, in Queensland Australia. Three years ago he moved to Hobart, Tasmania, to pursue career opportunities as a physiotherapist. Hobart is the most populous city of the southern island state of Australia. It is known for diverse and untouched natural landscapes, which is a huge contrast to the tropical weather and golden beaches that Queensland is known for. It was this move to Tasmania that prompted Miles to join Instagram, to showcase the switch from sun and surf, to rugged mountain hikes.