Gonzo traveler Robin Esrock flies to China to find the source of one of the web’s most amazing photos, and see if Mount Hua is indeed the world’s most dangerous hike.  With a hand-held camera, Esrock captures the steep, icy, and beautiful path up the mountain without forgetting to document his every thought.

Looking for more? Then check out this list of mountains that haunts climber dreams, learn about the mountains within the realm of reason (though not without causing pain and suffering), or read about China’s TaiShan, one of the most sacred hikes in the world.