Some of us prefer to play it safe in life. It’s a scary world out there, you know, filled with threats and confrontations that challenge us (and even hurt us)! It’s no wonder why we’d rather just curl up on the couch with our blankies and watch TV from the comfort of our homes.

Other people, however, practically live for danger. After all, you have to take a risk in order to move ahead or experience something incredible. From asking somebody you like on a date—even if it means facing rejection—to embarking on a risky new business venture, the possibility of failure makes the reward even greater.

That must have been what this man from San Diego, California was thinking as he climbed the extremely perilous stairs at Macchu Picchu. He easily could have died… but just wait until you see that view!

San Diego daredevil Brian Degenhardt decided to climb Huayna Picchu (also known as Wayna Picchu), a huge mountain that’s part of the ancient Incan city of Macchu Picchu in Peru.

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But his chosen route was incredibly risky: he scaled the 600-year-old “Stairs of Death” to reach the top of the nearly vertical 8,835-foot mountain!

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The Incas built their temples and terraces on top of these mountains.


It’s hard to blame Brian for being out of breath; not only was the excursion physically challenging, but he could’ve easily died.

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Would you say the view made it all worth it? Take a look for yourself…

As frightening as this adventure was, Brian must be proud of himself for taking such an amazing journey. Few people would ever dare to do half of what he did!

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