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CBC News’ Amara McLaughlin describes a location in Hamilton that is apparently the locus for dangerous selfies.
A small, rocky outcropping above Hamilton’s Tews Falls that is twice as high as the American side of Niagara Falls has become the city’s go-to spot for shareable snapshots and selfiies.
Known as the Dundas Peak, the spot is attracting a steady streams of amateur photographers, dangling their feet off steep cliffs, hanging over ledges with sheer drops, climbing fences and pushing the boundaries of safety, all to get closer to the edge of the escarpment for the quintessential shot.
The peak has long been a popular local destination.
But in recent years, influenced by the desire to see breathtaking panoramic views of Spencer Gorge and capture them for social media, hundreds of people are putting themselves at risk trying to recreate what they see on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
A search of the hashtag #dundaspeak on Instagram turns up more than 10,000 pictures. Some are actual “selfies,” others use friends to help get the ideal angle, but it is always about sharing a dramatic picture of yourself.