April 13, 2010
The rock-hewn churches of Tigray number in the dozens and are scattered throughout the flat-topped, round-topped, spindle-topped spires of the Chain Mountains and the Gheralta Mountains.
Several, if not most of these one thousand five hundred year old churches are inaccessible to all but the most hardy. Toe holds, hand holds, steep climbs followed by ladders and ropes and pulleys are all part of the adventure.
I attempted the rocky climb at Debre Domo but the sole of my boot unglued. Instead of the hike, I waited in the shade as a local construction worker mended my shoe with a long, hooked needle and a skein of strong thread.