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Climbing to Heaven

by Tom

Climbing to Heaven

Climbing to Heaven

My feet failed to find a suitable crevice and I fell. My hands burned red as I slid down the rough rope, and the coarse strip of leather wrapped around my waist, bit in hard. At the top of the cliff face, at the gateway to the Debra Damo Monastery, an Ethiopian Priest sat with his legs jammed up against either side of the rock-hewn entrance; wrapped around his muscular arms was the other end of the leather strap that had kept me from crashing down below. Further up still, in the piercing blue sky above the jagged mountain, vultures circled around the 6th century stone church.

A guide I was later to meet in Axum told me what had happened to one tourist when he had failed to tip the priest sufficiently: the holder of his particular safety strap had taken a somewhat less Christian attitude to his role as a saviour and had vengefully swung the rope from side to side – by the time that this particular pilgrim’s feet were back on solid ground, his clothes were as torn as rags and he was covered in blood.


The locals often wouldn’t bother with the leather safety strap at all, especially during the busy Orthodox festivals. As lines of men clambered up the same rope – both women and domestic animals are strictly forbidden from entering the monastery – the women would crowd around shouting up encouragement. If anybody got into trouble they would get very excited, as if they fell and died it meant they were never destined for heaven. On one occasion, a climber got his foot caught in the bag of the man below and seemed to slip – screaming women, down below, worked themselves up in to a frenzy, shouting for him to fall. Another time, one of the leather straps being used to lower down holy water tore apart, and the heavy plastic canister landed on the head of one of the women below, killing her stone dead. Nobody seemed very sure if she would go to heaven or not.

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The Other Recount Text Examples

  1. Through the Desert to Yazd
  2. Bagmati Dreams
  3. Climbing to Heaven
  4. A Rainy Day In Bangalore
  5. Vietnam vacation
  6. Daytripping to the Dead Sea
  7. Traveling
  8. My Personal Experience
  9. A Tour to the Botanic Gardens
  10. My Grandpa’s Funeral in Toraja
  11. Visiting Bali
  12. Ball Dome
  13. My Rush Time as a Journalist
  14. Vacation to London
  15. The  Frozen  Pool
  16. A  Cold  Crisp  Day
  17. My Great Personal Experience Staying in Hongkong
  18. It doesn’t feel like home
  19. Looking for Cleopatra’s Emerald
  20. Lucky Friday
  21. Dog Made History
  22. The Nightmare
  23. My Holiday was Fantastic
  24. Bus was Flowing Right Behind Me
  25. Adventure in the Sacred Forest
  26. RA Kartini
  27. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Biography
  28. Soichiro Honda
  29. Kate Middleton
  30. Julius Caesar
  31. Abraham Lincoln Biography
  32. Justin Bieber Biography
  33. Princess Diana Biography
  34. Barack Obama Biography
  35. Bill Gates Biography
  36. David Beckham Biography
  37. Cristiano Ronaldo Biography
  38. Oprah Winfrey Biography
  39. Albert Einstein Biography
  40. Jackie Chan Biography
  41. Jet Li Biography
  42. Bruce Lee Biography
  43. Mother Teresa Biography
  44. Brad Pitt Biography
  45. Tiger Woods
  46. Short Biography of Kurt Cobain
  47. PSY Gangnam Style
  48. Walt Disney: A Short Biography
  49. Robert Kiyosaki
  50. Mark Zuckerberg

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