United Kingdom – Aonach Eagach Ridge
LYNN HUNTER is a Group Manager at TÜV SÜD NEL in Glasgow.
The Scottish Highlands begin north of Glasgow. Aonach Eagach, the “jagged ridge,” is an especially impressive place to experience them. The hiking path, at about 1,000 meters above sea level, runs along a massif approximately 10 kilometers long and is extremely narrow, with steep esker ridges and grassy slopes on both sides. The route itself is a continuous up and down, so be careful!
the jaw dropper
A magnificent panoramic view from the top of Am Bodach. The view of the mountain landscape with Ben Nevis, Scotland’s tallest peak, is breathtaking.
The special feature
Many films have been shot in the area around Aonach Eagach, including Highlander (1986) and Braveheart (1995).
My Tip for the Trip
Salt. Not for you, but for the numerous mountain goats. Because a calm mountain goat is always much better than a hungry one.
China – Hua Shan
MISHA LU works for TÜV SÜD in Shanghai and is responsible for marketing in China.
For we Chinese, Mount Huashan, the tallest of the Five Great Mountains of China, is a special place. The path up to the peak of 2,100 meters, however, is hair-raising. At times it’s reminiscent of a bookshelf that someone screwed into a wall—with iron chains on the face to hold onto and the precipice always in view. The rest of the trail really packs a punch as well: the steps hewn out of the side of the mountain are so steep they resemble ladders. It’s for good reason that this route is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.
The Jaw Dropper
At the end of the trail, hikers can find a teahouse that once was a temple. The view is tremendous. The prospect of having to climb back down, though, is less so.
The Special Feature
There are plenty of enterprising citizens in China. For instance there’s a photographer who offers his services from a very narrow ledge, the abyss immediately below him. He says business is brisk..
My Tip for the Trip
A rock-climbing set and helmet! Walking along the rickety boardwalks makes you glad you can secure yourself to the iron chains with a carabiner.