No photo can do justice to the grandeur of the Ethiopian Highlands. One of our party had visited the Grand Canyon and assured us that this place was as impressive. Except the Grand Canyon isn't graced by neat hamlets of huts.

It will also never be graced by this girl. When she saw us she put down the massive package of twigs she had carried from the bottom. The climb took her an hour. Her encounter with seven bug-eyed charity tourists is the only thing that stopped her in her tracks and possibly made her consider how much easier life would be with a LandCruiser.

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