Hikers can work their way into a situation where the only way out to to gamble on athletic ability. This video shows a situation where a hiker puts his life on the line, hoping to make a death-defying leap from one razor ridgetop to another. Even after making the jump, unstable footing adds to the drama as the pass is forever damaged in his wake.

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.


  1. I have seen this video before and it gives me the jeebies every time. Now I wasn’t familiar with the “Leap of Faith” ledge before this video but after seeing it a few times I wouldn’t see an alternative way to pass without potentially “damaging” or “destroying” it forever. Any ledge or landscape for that matter can be altered or changed forever by walking or traveling across it at any given moment. It wasn’t as if the intention of the hiker was to change it forever, but to simply give it a go as many others have before him. I may of mistaken the tone of this post for shaming hikers who alter or destroy famous passages or landscapes, but if simply partaking in its awe can destroy, then… I suppose it’s inevitable right? Are we supposed to acknowledge the beauty from a distance, take a photo and turn around? I imagine the trail continues passed the Leap of Faith but whatever lays beyond it would have never been discovered had it not been leaped. (Har har). Don’t get me wrong when I came across the video of a group of men destroying some rock formations in Goblin Valley Utah if was upsetting and I’m glad they were charged however walking a pass? I’m just curious on your thoughts. Thanks and sorry for the rant.


  2. I have to agree with Andrew. I can not see what the hiker did wrong. The rocks would of fallen in time on their own do to erosion. I am glad the hiker made the jump before the rocks gave way.