A few days ago I posted a video of an urban climber ascending a tower in Dubai. Today, we have another urban climber, but this time he’s going up one of the most iconic structures ever built – the Great Pyramid at Giza. The view from the top is pretty spectacular, but I have some pretty mixed emotions about this one. Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend, as these pyramids are over 4500 years old and are the last of the Seven Wonders of the World that remain. Keeping people from damaging them should be a priority.
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5 thoughts on “Video: Climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza”
Come on Craig: Unless there are some restrictions (and there well should or could be), the pyramids are probably climbed daily.
Actually, it is so easy to look up, and ehre is an excerpt from a report: "Climbing the pyramid without special permission from Egyptian authorities has been illegal for a number of decades,…. "
I looked some more, and that particular climb has some comments on a website (http://gizmodo.com/its-a-quick-and-illegal-climb-to-get-to-the-top-of-gi-1756258463):
Ciesielski claimed that the trip up only took eight minutes, but another twenty to each the bottom.
Walking around in the complex I was waiting for the right moment to start climbing The Great Pyramid of Giza. When I started climbing a street seller was standing behind me but I didn’t care about him I turned around he laughed and I continued climbing.
At the half some people got attention on me and looked up to. That’s how the police spotted me. They shouted something in Arabic I think but I didn’t care and kept going while listening to music.
The Great Pyramid is open to the public, but visitors are forbidden from climbing the structure: watching the video, it’s clear why: it’s rough, dangerous and given the attraction to the site, continual climbing would degrade the structure. That said, it’s an interesting view of something most everyone sees from a distance.
Egyptian police caught the youth when he reached the bottom, but was released after questioning.
[Discovery News, Andrejcie]):
Sad to see the graffiti carved into the stones at the top.
Hans: I was about to post that when I have been to the Great Pyramids in the past – most recently last year – it was forbidden to climb to the top, but I seen you've already found that out. I'm glad that they discourage it, and this climber was lucky that no charges were pressed.
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