Tarzan takes on the mountains: Naked man defies death, climbs rattlesnake-infested cliff

Updated: Jan 13, 2017, 14:33 IST | Agencies |

A 29-year-old mountaineer Austin Howell was filmed tackling Shortoff Mountain in North Carolina infested by rattlesnake, wearing just a hat. He believes in using the bare minimum, and that includes clothes

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When climbing a cliff face, mountaineer Austin Howell believes in using the bare minimum, and that includes clothes.

Recently, the 29-year-old was filmed tackling Shortoff Mountain in Linville Gorge, North Carolina, wearing just a hat. Howell, who works as a personal trainer in Atlanta, Georgia, scaled 350ft up without a single piece of clothing or climbing equipment,
the Daily Mail reported.

Howell said, "Sometimes I feel like folks take climbing too seriously and just need to lighten up, so I wanted to make something short, pointless, and humorous."

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Naked man defies death, climbs rattlesnake-infested cliff without gearThe climb

He says the plan to climb naked, happened on a whim. "I had actually planned a solo trip to just go spend a day by myself climbing. But a friend of mine, Lohan Lizin, just happened to be up there climbing with another guy that day."

"After spending the whole day climbing, I turned to Lohan and said, 'Hey man, want to see something funny?' He didn’t know what was about to happen." He added, “We were the only ones there. There are some things you just don’t do in front of an unsuspecting audience."

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Naked man defies death, climbs rattlesnake-infested cliff without gearAustin Howell

What made Howell's climb a dangerous one was the fact that the mountains are also home to a huge colony of timber rattlesnakes.

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