Climbing up Masada

Tonight I was wearing a hat that I bought during my first trip to Israel back in 2012. That started me thinking of where the hat was from.

During the trip we visited the fortress of Masada.

masada, snake trail, fortress, dead seaa, climbing, cable carTo reach the top of Masada, you have several choices. Most of our tour members opted to ride the cable cars up to the top. I joined a smaller group that wanted to follow the Snake Path to the top. You can see the Snake Path in the picture above. The path goes up the side of Masada with a vertical rise of about 400 meters.

masada, snake trail, fortress, dead seaa, climbing, cable carHere you see my one way cable car ticket that I would use to come back from the top.

masada, snake trail, fortress, dead seaa, climbing, cable carWe all headed out to the Snake Path while the other members headed up on the cable cars.

masada, snake trail, fortress, dead seaa, climbing, cable carThe long path first started with a flat portion out to the base of Masada.

masada, snake trail, fortress, dead seaa, climbing, cable carThen the path started working up the side of Masada through some long switchbacks. It was a very hot morning and it was uphill all the way. I had water with me, but should have carried more with me than I had.

masada, snake trail, fortress, dead seaa, climbing, cable carI was definitely moving very slowly in the last several hundred feet up the side.

The view from the top was very rewarding though. We had a great view down on the trail and also the remains of Roman Army camps from when they had Masada under siege back in the first century.

I have been back to Masada a couple times, but since that first time I have always take the cable car to the top.

Steven

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1 Response to Climbing up Masada

  1. Climbing up Masada On Friday, November 19, 2021, Braman’s Wanderings wrote:

    > vanbraman posted: “Tonight I was wearing a hat that I bought during my > first trip to Israel back in 2012. That started me thinking of where the > hat was from. During the trip we visited the fortress of Masada. To reach > the top of Masada, you have several choices. Most ” >

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