Russian Youth on The Great Pyramid of Giza

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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 27, 2013 - 01:21am PT

http://gawker.com/5992398/the-unbelievable-photos-taken-by-the-crazy-russians-who-illegally-climbed-egypts-great-pyramid
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 27, 2013 - 01:31am PT
I think I see my father-in-law's name carved into the block that kid is sitting on! I knew he had done so, back in the late 1920's!
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Mar 27, 2013 - 01:45am PT
don't glorify these idiots.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Mar 27, 2013 - 02:06am PT
I was speechless," one wrote. "I felt a chilling delight, absolute happiness.

Those morons are easily amused

Will be closed to climbing now, Access Fund has its work cut-out!
John M

climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 02:23am PT
Guess I'm easily amused. If I was given the okay to climb it I would love to do it.
Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Mar 27, 2013 - 07:34am PT
Climbing the pyramid, one of the photographers claims, carries a punishment of one to three years.

Given the circumstances in Egypt these days I wouldn't bet my ass on that. Theres a good chance the penalty varies based on who catches you, where you are from, whether you have stuff like valuable camera equipment with you, who else knows you're there etc. Could be as stiff a penalty as nobody ever seeing or hearing from you again.
MisterE

Social climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 08:40am PT
Russian "mad dash" cam?
Skeptimistic

Mountain climber
La Mancha
Mar 27, 2013 - 09:05am PT
Climbed all 3 back in 1988. Cost me every cent I had on me and they wanted more. Only got up to the marble facade on #2. Did it during Ramadan and listening to the calls to prayer in the moonless night was amazing.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Mar 27, 2013 - 09:20am PT
for several thousand years they were left out to the fates. now we're all up tight about being on them. this is the mark of our civilization ... the people who insist on telling everyone else how to be. crowd control, the future is rigorous crowd control
neversummer

climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Whats wrong with that dudes hand in the first photo ?
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:31am PT
He's wearing gloves.


I think it's great.
They didn't get caught, they had an amazing experience, and delivered some great photos to the rest of the world.

Personally, I would have worn khaki clothing.
WBraun

climber
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:36am PT
Why is it against the law to climb the pyramid to begin with?

Does the rock wear out when people climb it?

This makes no sense?

I'd climb it.

Why not, it's cool.

Or is it a sacred ground and will disturb the the "spirits" that guard them ....?
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:46am PT
I so wanted to bag the Great Pyramid when I was there, but yeah it is illegal. I know someone who did a covert ascent but it being Egypt and all you never know what the penalty will be if you get caught. Sometimes the right amount of baksheesh can go a long way.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:50am PT
They are probably keeping people off them to stop people from carving their girlfriend's name, writing "Class of 2013" in giant letters, breaking off parts to bring home with them, etc.
gonzo chemist

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Mar 27, 2013 - 10:54am PT
I guess I don't see those pyramids in the same light as everyone else (especially the people getting bent out of shape about this).

Yet another man-made blight on the landscape. If nothing else, the pyramids are a monument to human slavery and arrogance.



Now I'm off to climb something NOT man-made. Ciao.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:29am PT
By that same logic, most roads you drive on in old worlds are built the same way... I see them as a window into an old world, a last surviving remnant of a time so different from now it seems alien. There's no need to attach shame to its existence because there is no one left to shame for doing it, just learn not to use slave labor and move on.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:42am PT
"Climbing the pyramid, one of the photographers claims, carries a punishment of one to three years."

Knott worth the risk! However very cool photos, and great ascent.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:57am PT
It looks chipped. Ivan Green FA?
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 27, 2013 - 11:57am PT
Nicely penned, DMT!

I recall reading, was it in "The Naked Mountain", about Rand Herron getting killed falling after a climb of one of the pyramids of Giza? Post 1932 Nanga Parbat expedition or some such.

Will admit to climbing up Tower 1 and IV at Tikal...fun stuff.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
What was I thinking?! Edge is right, they DO look chipped, doní they? And bam, next thing you know, the powerdrill comes out too.

I think the Russians produced an intriguing bunch of images heaped full of a kind of ambiguous angst and alienation while at the same time gorgeous, even mysterious. It was a kind of performance art, certainly.
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