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Man readies for "portal jump" on Doomsday 12/21/12

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SEDONA, Ariz. -

A Sedona man made headlines over the past year for comments on his blog claiming that he planned on leaping into a portal on December 21st from the top of Bell Rock.

Dozens gathered to witness the event. It was serious enough that law enforcement paid him a visit to make sure he wasn't attempting suicide.

The man followed through with his pilgrimage to the mountain but as for the portal -- you be the judge.

11:11, 12-21-12. These numbers represent something not of this world for those in Sedona. Believers descended upon this already popular tourist destination from all over -- Texas, California, Illinois, New Mexico, and Washington -- everywhere.

"It could be 99 percent wrong but there's that one percent that something could happen," says Tim Greenwald, visiting Sedona.

"I don't know why I'm here waiting for the car crash," says Carol Irwin.

"People around the world are taking this quite seriously as did the Mayans," says Gina Snow.

What's the fuss about? Finding renewal or rebirth atop Bell Rock with an especially adamant believer -- Peter Gersten -- who led a group on the hike in hopes of finding a cosmic portal.

Sedona and Bell Rock have always been a draw for the spiritual and supernatural. Friday though, it was more of a spectacle as people gathered to see what they may or may not witness as part of this leap of faith they've heard so much about.

Law enforcement took the "leap" claim seriously, standing close-by to make sure the worst case scenario didn't become a reality.

But plenty of like-minded Mayan enthusiasts showed up in Sedona as well, searching for something positive on this last day of the world.

"It's an event, I don't think a portal was ever in the cards," says Brad Klemek.

"It's about energy and being together, making a collective jump into whatever phase of life may be for us," says Dan Roman.

"Cheap entertainment, it's only time and we're here enjoying the day," says John Rand.

As far as we know Peter Gersten is still on top of Bell Rock at this hour, waiting for that portal for at least a metaphorical "leap." Some of his friends told us he is not crazy, he's just looking to better his life and expand his understanding of the world like so many in Sedona today.

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