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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:09 PM
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These pictures make me shiver - tourists risk their lives for a good picture
Article from 2008 but someone just sent it to me. :scared: :wow: :scared: :wow: :scared: :wow:

Is this the ultimate (and most dangerous) infinity pool in the world? The natural water hole perched on the edge of the Victoria Falls

"It is a serious adrenalin rush for the first few minutes. The thought that you may get sucked away from the relatively calm waters of the pool makes you giddy with apprehension, although you would have to stray a fair way out for that to happen.

"If you jump in, it adds to the excitement but you can also get in gently. It's great fun - some people enjoy it quietly, swimming, looking and thinking, while others just keep screaming."







Circle shows the location of the Devil's Swimming Pool at the edge of Victoria Falls

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-561261/Is-ultimate-dangerous-infinity-pool-world-The-natural-water-hole-perched-edge-Victoria-Falls.html#ixzz1eZZd4oMp



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-561261/Is-ultimate-dangerous-infinity-pool-world-The-natural-water-hole-perched-edge-Victoria-Falls.html#ixzz1eZZo1tjg
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:12 PM
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1. Thanks but no thanks. What is the last count of people who went over?
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 06:17 PM by geckosfeet
Apparently last count is 17.

Devil's Pool Victoria Falls Fatalities?
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 03:03 AM
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26. or maybe not
"FYI- It seems people are confusing the Devil's pool at Victoria Falls with the one in Australia. The one in Australia has had 17 deaths. Could not find statistics on one at Victoria Falls, but there is one article about a guide falling of the falls trying to help someone who lost his balace getting out."
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:12 PM
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2. bad idea
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:15 PM
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3. It must not be a risky as they say, because some have their children with them.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:21 PM
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9. And no parent has ever done anything incredibly stupid, right? n/t
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:30 PM
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11. What if the young boy had jumped from his dad's grip?
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:36 PM
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19. The article says that you would have to go "a fair way off"this area to get into trouble.
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:15 PM
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4. I would LOVE to go there
It's looks beautiful and exhilarating!

Sure, it's not for everyone, but as long as you don't get too close to the edge, I'll be there is no finer swim to be found :)
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:24 PM
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10. It's disturbing to look at. I can hardly bear it!
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:34 PM
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12. It looks fantastic to me
I'd go in a heartbeat :)
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Logical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:38 PM
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20. Wow, bragging about being stupid!
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Aerows Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 01:32 AM
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22. Perhaps
Edited on Thu Nov-24-11 01:35 AM by Aerows
But I have only one life to live, and it isn't going to be getting off on drugs.

We all need our adrenaline fixes. Mine happens to be extreme ... not sports, but situations.

It doesn't hurt anybody.
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tech3149 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 01:28 AM
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21. When I was younger I was fearless
My first exposure to the dangers of my arrogance was falling about forty feet from a tree. Landed flat on my ass and laughed all the way home. Then there was the airborne maneuver off the front end of a car. They tell me I flew about 30 feet landing face first on a coal ash berm. Then working on a slate roof with like a 60% incline and no support.
These days, I get nervous on anything over a 10 ft drop.
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 02:58 AM
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25. Me too. That's obviously a side-pool near the falls.
There's some spill there. But no current.

Just as this just looks dangerous.



Nervous Nellies can kiss my ass.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:16 PM
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5. Some bucket list!
LOL
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:16 PM
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6. well known location... safer than it looks
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Graybeard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:17 PM
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7. :shudder: Not for me thank you.
I don't like water or heights so this is a

double nightmare for me.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:39 PM
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15. me too!
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:17 PM
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8. When they fall to their deaths
the death certificate could read Cause of Death: Stupidity.

Julie
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:36 PM
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13. Yeah, but what a shot!
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:37 PM
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14. I have been there, didn't feel to inclined to go for a swim.
Prince Charles on his first visit to Zimbabwe after the fall of Ian Smith inquired how many people commit suicide there. (referring to the swimmers)
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Lucky Luciano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:40 PM
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16. Looks awesome. I'm in - almost went there once,
but did not have time to do all the things I was doing in Namibia - which is also a fantastic place to go.
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:41 PM
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17. I've done dangerous things myself
I've rappelled into deep pits and chimneyed up long chimneys without a belay (I've been a caver most of my life, since the age of 12). But I don't think I'd get any young children involved in any risk-taking unless they were really motivated towards the activity and showed a very healthy respect for safety. From the photos, I'm not sure how real the danger is here, whether it's no more dangerous than going to the top of a tall skyscraper, but I'd drag kids along only if I really knew what I was doing and how they would react.
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:44 PM
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18. no way. i can't swim. even if i could
i wouldn't go near it.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 01:38 AM
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23. what could POSSIBLY go wrong????
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 02:26 AM
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24. I think the problem would be less fear of heights
or even drowning or falling, but whether the water was warm enough for me to get into it! Anything less than the warmth of a swimming pool would be too cold for me nowadays!

I would definitely check out the water current in that pool, and its history, though, before I would venture too close to the edge.

I think a lot depends on your viewpoint. I know some people who are from non-coastal parts of the world are terrified of swimming in the ocean. How many of us could conceive spending much time on the side of a mountain skiing down the steepest incline in the world? If you lived in that place, you won't think much of the risks, because you'd have been introduced to the dangers at a very young age.

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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 03:11 AM
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27. IF we are Spiritual Eternal (shudder) Beings here for a brief human existance...
Edited on Thu Nov-24-11 03:11 AM by alphafemale
What life do you want?

I think this woman is doing it right. No regrets on her deathbed I'd imagine.



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