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A long. long climb!
In a nutshell
Give your legs some exercise and get climbing!
If you want to reach the top of Sigiriya rock you'll have to cover soem ground - or better some steps. About 1200 of them, to be precise - some cut in limestone, others built in iron. Some advice, then: bring plenty of water (trust me, you'll be sweating a lot) and try to climb it early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it's not so hot, anymore. Use sun screen, too... and wear a hat. If you think you won't make it, don't despair.. it's full of people willing to give you a hand, or drag you up to the summit - as long as you're willing to pay.
Written Dec 17, 2004
Luggage and bags: If your heading to the Sigiriya Rock, I suggest you keep your backpack at the hotel as the climb is steep taking about 2 hours. A large water bottle, sun cream and a sandwitch would be ideal :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light colored clothing. Temperatures can reach 35'c on the Rock during mid day..
Good Ruber shoes/boots, and sports pants should be ok.. The rock surface is lined with stairs making it easier to climb, however be prepared to climb for 2hours.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There's aren't any Toilets up there.. So make sure you do everything down at the hotel. Bring a few plasters just incase you scrape yourself against the rocks. During certain times of the year, warsps gather in numbers! Therefore BE QUIET!
Photo Equipment: Camera+wide angle lens,
A very light tripod if you plan on taking HDRs (Remember! you have to haul it all the way up there)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: None!
Miscellaneous: When heading up the rock, put some distance between other travellers (especially young enthusiastic kids)... Warsps are attracted to noise!
Updated Mar 10, 2009