The Iron Spiral Staircase
Unlike the previous stairwells, the next set of stone steps gave way to a very tight iron spiral staircase! I was becoming more and more aware of the growing pain driving up through my legs. At this point a spiral staircase was the last thing I wanted to see. Had they have been any other spiral staircase, then I would have avoided them like the plague. My legs just do not cooperate with them, but I knew that we were almost at the top. Now not even a spiral staircase was going to stop me getting my prized photo!
‘Big Yin’s’ assistance now was so much more important. I was running on empty, and I was fighting back the pain in order to push on forward to get up a spiral staircase. I have fallen down many stairs before, but there were now too many people behind us for me to fall down these ones. It would have caused a domino effect on a huge scale that I wouldn’t have wanted to be responsible for! After some time battling with the staircase we reached another door. . . ! This was it! The moment that I’d climbed so hard to reach!
The Pinnacle, View, The Goal!
I pushed the door ajar and led myself through it! With 259 steps behind us and the view of London presented in front of me in its full glory, it was a sight for sore eyes if I ever saw one! ‘Big Yin’ handed me my camera, somehow he had managed to keep hold of it at the same time as dragging and shoving me up the 259 stairs. With that camera in hand, it felt like I had been given a sudden rush of energy, I knew now was the time to take the photograph that we both persevered and battled so hard for. I walked around the outer wall of the Golden Gallery taking photos in succession; 16 photos in all, and it was finished! The photograph I had climbed so hard to get was complete!
There’s Always Going To Be Another Mountain
Four years have passed, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything is different” ~ (C.S Lewis). It’s 2016 now and my mobility has declined quite significantly since that summers day in 2012, so much so that even with all the help in the world, It would be an impossibility for me attempt that climb possibly even reaching the whispering gallery would be a struggle now. Whilst there may never be another climb, there is always going to be another mountain, and I’m always going to want to push myself to the absolute limit of my ability and make whatever that next mountain is move.