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Have You Seen This? Climber narrowly escapes massive rockfall

Posted May 24

CHULILLA, Spain — Today I learned that Spain has some of the best rock climbing locations in the world, but not all cliffs are as sturdy as they look.

Chulilla, Spain, home to more than 800 climbing routes, is a bit of a mecca for some rock climbers. The area is characterized by beautiful green hills and steep limestone cliffs that were shaped by the Turia river. It's also the location where this terrifying video was filmed.

The video features a rock climber who was making his way to the top of one of Chulilla's cliffs when what appeared to be a solid, sturdy section of the mountain came crashing down. Fortunately, the massive rockfall missed the climber, but only by a few inches.

While this may be nothing for experienced climbers and daredevils, my heart was pounding just watching the video. I can't imagine what it would feel like to be hanging by a rope while boulders crumbled to dust within centimeters of my face. But experienced climber or not, I think this guy can probably say he's grateful to have survived this intense ordeal.

Watch the video, enjoy the intensity and if you're heading out to rock climb soon, maybe brush up on some safety tips first.

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