A term used for both rock climbing and hiking. In regard to hiking a trail is considered “exposed” if there is a high risk of injury in the event of a fall because of the steepness of the terrain or inability to find safe hand or footholds. To compensate for the lack of a naturally occurring grips and holds trail aids such as ladders, cables and stairs are often used. Exposed routes can generate a fear response in some people that can cause them to freeze up or make mistakes that can impact safety
Watch your step, its a long fall! The narrower the path the more difficult we perceive it.