Adams Peak – Sri Lanka

Climbing Adam’s Peak – Sri Lanka

Photos taken 1986. Adam’s peak is a pilgrimage for Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike. At the top is a giant carved footprint, about six feet from toe to heel, said to have been made by the Buddha, Shiva, or Adam, depending on your predilections or beliefs.

Adam's Peak ImagePhoto of Peak from a distance.

The peak itself is 7,360 feet above sea level. I was 45 when I made the climb. Not sure I could do it again but would like to.

Photo below is at the entrance.


The climb is made on 5,200 stone steps. God only knows how people got them up there.


There was a lot of rain water runoff which made some places rather slippery and dangerous. If you fell it would take a long time to stop.


It took seven hours to get to the top, a distance of a little less than five miles. Steeper than 45 degrees at all times. Lights were stung along the way, and there were little rest stop stands that sold coffee and soft drinks.  Began the climb at 10 p.m., got the the top around 5 in the morning.

Photo the top.

People were kneeling, and crying, and praying. Maybe grateful to have survived the climb. I took the easy way. The path for more serious pilgrims was fourteen miles long! At sunrise the peak casts a triangular shadow cast all the way to Colombo on the sea, some 60 miles away. Coming down the steps was the hardest part of the climb. My leg were so sore the next day I could barely walk.

       Adam’s Peak Shadow – Tip Rests on Colombo

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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4 Responses to Adams Peak – Sri Lanka

  1. stutleytales says:

    Wonderful pictures, Bruce. While you are sorting through your slides, why don’t you keep some aside to make a picture coffee table book? They cost so little to do now days, and you can do it all on line. 🙂

  2. catnipoflife says:

    This is awesome, Bruce. What an experience!

  3. Terry Corbett says:

    Circle of Life.

    Jew Boy

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