Climbing Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) ~ Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

 Sri Pada ~ Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

7,295 feet above sea level

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

I had decided to climb to this peak.

The ascent would start at 2am.

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

My guide (yes, the dog was my guide) escorting me to the base of the stairs.

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

Did I mention the 5200+ steps?

As in stairs. To the top.

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

A Temple on the ascent up

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

and a stall of refreshments

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Pilgrims on the climb

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

1 hour into the climb I was still good.

2 hours into the climb of countless, thousands steps, the profanity started.

2.5 hours into this ultimate stair-master workout I was berating myself  wondering why I thought this would be a good idea.

3 hours into the climb I made it to the peak.

It was still dark and it was cold.

This is how I stayed warm, awaiting the sunrise.

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

And then this…

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

and this…

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

The majestic beauty was overwhelming.

It made the 3 hour climb of 5200+ stairs 100% worthwhile.

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

and then, on shaky legs, the reality of what was next set in…

and I wanted to cry.

5200+ steps, to climb down, on legs already sensing the throb of things yet to come…

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Climbing down was, by far, one of the most physically difficult things I have ever had to do.

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka  Adam's Peak

Sri Lanka Adam's Peak

But I made it down…

I had arrived,

one step at a time.

6 days later my calf’s & my quadriceps continue to feel whispers of the throb – But I am grateful for this feeling for it is a beautiful reminder of the wondrous journey I set out on.

And continue on…

42 Comments »

  1. I think it would be easier going up than going down. My knees don’t like the downhills anymore! I am so impressed that you did this! What I wouldn’t give to trade places with you. Well…sort of. Keep the adventures coming. I feel like I am there with you, in spirit at least!!!!

    • Definitely in spirit, Wendy! And it will be my pleasure to keep the expeditions & adventures coming!
      And going up, I wouldn’t say was “easy”, definitely challenging and my quads were simply exhausted BUT coming down was pure misery on the entire leg from ankle to hip – I’m definitely not the spring-chicken I use to be with the awesome quick recovery 😉

    • Pam, if I could of gone up rather than down, I so would of! I truly almost was in tears (OK, maybe I was in tears at some point!) I guess I forgot what goes up must come down?! But then you, of all people, probably realize this more so than others, hah?

    • Thanks Lynn! Yeah, going down was pure agony for me. And it also could of been because going up was dark so my mindset was just “put one foot in front of the other”, but going down it was light out and I could actually visually see what suffering was ahead of me.But in the end, it 100% was worth all of it.

  2. Wow. Looks like a lot of work. My legs almost felt shaky reading about it. But it looks totally worth it. I thought to myself while reading this “I would totally do this”
    While touring castles in Germany we also had to climb stairs or walk long lengths to get to the castle. Not near this far. But I felt like I’d do anything to see that view.
    More on my blog below
    http://vanruiten.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/trip-through-germany-photography/
    Linda

    • Thank you, Linda. I love European castles! I look forward to nosing around your site.

      Even though, sometimes I’m a drama queen, the Sri Pada climb was definitely worth it. I would do it again, in fact. If you do ever get a chance to climb it, I do highly recommend it.

      • I told my husband about your climb. He agreed that it would be very like me to climb all the way up for the view and pictures. It would take some convincing to get him to join me. 🙂
        If I ever get the chance I will do it!
        Linda

  3. 3 hours of climbing stairs? I totally applaud you! I sometimes don’t know what’s worse, hiking up a steep incline or climbing up stairs for that long. Those are killer views though and definitely worth the legs and gluts work out! How long are you in Sri Lanka for?

    • This was just a short 10day-ish trip. I for sure needed more time, I LOVE Sri Lanka, and there is so much more to see & do. You know, I think I would prefer a steep incline to stairs, stairs are just unforgiving – The whole stepping thing. And I agree, the view was indeed killer & I am already missing it!

  4. Breathtakingly, aching-ly, beautiful! You DID it! Amazing trip up to the peak. Wish I could have been there too…but your photos will have to do! And believe me, they do!! I would have cried myself at all those steps to return to the base. I know it’s even harder going down than it is up! Funny about that, almost a metaphor about life itself! P. S. You certainly earned the beer! 😉

  5. Wow! You are one amazing climber! I am simply awestruck. Assuming I could have made it to the top, I think I would have just sat down and cried when it came time to climb back down. I’m sure my knees would have gone on strick.

  6. Now that is what I call Awesome ! What a thing to be able to say you have done.
    Sounds like the throbbing was worth it 🙂 but I know what you mean …coming down from anywhere is so much harder the older I get .

  7. Oh my goodness, Tahira. I am just sitting here, smiling at your accomplishment. Your pictures speak for themselves and do justice where words are insufficient 🙂

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