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diagnosedwolf t1_j707pv5 wrote

I feel like this should be the expected reaction if you climb someone’s sacred anything without permission.


grimtrigger86 t1_j7153fk wrote

It's not that sacred. They used to let people up until 2008.


FreeholdDemesne t1_j71c7dk wrote

I remember climbing it, along with everyone else there, in 1996. Was amazing, though it's incredibly steep and difficult to come down. Back then they even had a chain bolted into the middle of the steps for descending.


AJ_Mexico t1_j71kzb8 wrote

Yeah, I climbed up there c. 1987. It was cool and unsafe. But, in Mexico, the cars didn't have seat belts or safety glass, the boats didn't have life preservers -- everything was unsafe. There was a chain just kind of lying on the steps for descent. Descending was scary. There was a guy descending by sliding his butt down one step at a time while holding on to that chain for dear life.


nidedin t1_j73k6e6 wrote

yeah, well I actually climbed up there in 1634. way less tourists back then, but still steep as hell.


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tedfundy t1_j74nwiz wrote

I climbed coba and cried on the descent. There’s was a rope I hung on to. Took me a while to get down.


SuDragon2k3 t1_j72az8x wrote

They recently shut down Uluru (Ayers Rock) to climbers because it's a sacred site. It took that long for the local tribe to convince people that they had some say in the matter.

That, and it killed a few tourists each year. Because tourists can be real stupid.


Welpmart t1_j72zyeq wrote

But those ruins are pretty delicate, and I think that's the real thing.


cstmoore t1_j73lo7v wrote

True. I climbed it. (Actually, I walked right up like climbing a mall's stationary escalator. Easy, NBD. Then I turned around and saw the steps from the top. I looked around and took a bunch of pictures. Then I eventually got my nerves together and descended by scooting down on my butt… one step at a time.) I even bought the CD of pictures the guide took of me there.

So, yeah, not so sacred, but I do see how people could get hurt.


FellowConspirator t1_j71tphe wrote

Climbing is not prohibited because it’s sacred, but rather a bit over a decade ago they determined that it was being damaged by the constant flood of tourists, so now it’s posted that climbing it is prohibited.

If you want to climb a Mayan pyramid in Yucatán, there are plenty of other sites that permit it.


Superpiri t1_j70uh3q wrote

It is. There was a recent, well-publicized case with the same outcome. This guy had to be living under a rock if he didn’t know what was going to happen.