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  • - [Narrator] What's the highest you've ever slept at?

  • - [Mark] Almost a mile.

  • When you don't have a fear of heights,

  • it's not really scary.

  • It's like being in the craziest tree house

  • that you could possibly imagine.

  • - [Narrator] That's Mark Sinnett.

  • He's a professional rock climber,

  • and he's talking about sleeping in a tent.

  • - [Mark] They're called portaledges.

  • - [Narrator] That's hanging off the side of a mountain.

  • He's been climbing for over 30 years,

  • and his favorite walls to climb are really, really high.

  • - [Mark] Alpine big wall climbing is the pursuit

  • of scaling the biggest cliffs on planet earth.

  • - [Narrator] They take a few days to summit.

  • So he has to camp out along the way.

  • So I want to know what does it feel like

  • to sleep in a portaledge hanging off

  • the side of a mountain?

  • - [Mark] The one thing that's more or less ever present

  • in the mountains is when it can be pretty violent.

  • You can experience hurricane force winds,

  • there's also this thing that we call the Bronco ride.

  • Wind comes in, hits a cliff,

  • and it really has nowhere to go except for up.

  • Eventually it hits you and your ledge

  • and it can lift the whole thing off

  • so you can be suspended and then, of course,

  • the ledge like slams into the wall.

  • You're just thinking about surviving.

  • - [Narrator] And that wasn't the worst of it.

  • - [Mark] The smell in the ledge is not nice.

  • You don't change your clothes,

  • you don't bathe.

  • It's wet, it's gummy.

  • - [Narrator] But people love it.

  • They continue to climb and explore

  • through all of this punishment

  • because there's still that one question left:

  • How does it feel?

  • - [Mark] The way it makes you feel

  • is like a tiny speck of dust.

  • It's very empowering.

  • It really is just kind of like the most spectacular spot

  • that you can be on planet earth.

  • (peaceful music)

- [Narrator] What's the highest you've ever slept at?

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What It Feels Like to Sleep on the Side of a Mountain

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    Samuel posted on 2017/08/08
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