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The last time I climbed up Masada at dawn, I was a teenager. Practically a kid. This summer I want to climb with my own children, aged 5-16. Is this really a good idea? Am I being realistic? I don’t know…
Memory is fickle. I don’t really remember much of the climb to the top, the last time time I went. What I DO remember was the boy I had a crush on at the time. I remember wanted to seem tough and buff and therefore, the hike was easy. Easy, I said!
Sure it was…
I look pretty tired in the photo, don’t I? It’s hard to say whether that was because I was up too late the night before and operating on four hours of sleep, exhausted from trying to keep up with the super jock boy of my dreams at that moment (what was his name? Mark something?) or because the hike was, you know, actually hard.
Further complicating my planning is the fact that there is not one, but two paths up the historic mountain where the Jews made their ill fated stand against the Romans in 73 CE. The Snake Path, which I think was the one I traveled all those years ago, is the more strenuous of the two. Whatever that means. The “Roman Ramp” is also an option, as is a cable car.
The cable car, however, feels like a cop out.
Cute boys aside, watching the sun rise over the Judean desert from the top of the fortress is the most memorable part of my childhood visits to Masada. Also, as the cable car doesn’t run before dawn, it’s not an option at that hour. I don’t want to give up that spectacular view. Unless of course, I need to, because I’m living in a dream world.
In order to figure out whether I was being realistic or not in my planning I did what sane parents the world over do. I turned to the Internet, to tap the wisdom of the parents who had traveled these paths before me. And since I was already comparing the Snake Path and the Roman Path, I decided to do my search for “Climbing Masada with Kids” at BingItOn.com, a blind, side-by-side comparison of web search results from both Google and Bing.
I was genuinely curious to see which search engine returned better results for me – Google or Bing?
And the verdict is….
Bing provided the winning results for this search (as well as a few others that I tried). I loved the way the search was displayed with the pictures up top and the relevant links below. My questions were quickly answered.
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So I have my answer. You CAN climb Masada with kids. It just appears that you need to do some planning beforehand. I suspect the toughest part might be getting everyone in the car in the wee small hours so we can arrive early enough to make the trek up. I’m still torn between the Roman Ramp and the Snake Path, but I think I will choose the Snake Path for nostalgia’s sake. My kids are all pretty strong hikers and I think they can handle the 900-foot, hour-long ascent.
Who am I kidding? It will probably be a lot easier for them than it will for me.
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