Back to Reality and Post-Climb Mania — Third and Fourth Excerpts From The Great Pyramid’s Blessed Curse

Written by on January 23, 2014 in Mysteries with 0 Comments

By Omar Cherif
Omar Cherif and Ahmed Abbas (in grey T-shirts) with Larry Dean Hunter (middle) and 2 American researchers the night we climbed the Pyramid of MenkaureBack again…we decided to leave right after the morning prayers that could be heard through the city’s 1000 minarets. Going down for another 45 minutes with our backs to the pyramid was a little harder than the way up. To remain focus, I had to remind myself that this was not a Nintendo game and that I only had one life to spare. The sun started to rise as the darkness faded, uncovering our camouflage. Halfway through, a lonesome policeman at the bottom spotted us  and shouted something. Of course there were no other options but to keep descending while brainstorming on what to say.

Once down, he wanted to take us to the police station. Our averagely-clever alibi was to pretend that my friend was a tour guide and that his girlfriend and I were French tourists. To play the role well, we started speaking French while the “tour guide” was trying to convince him of our victimless crime. Five minutes and the policeman was still arguing, even refusing a small bribe, so I had to interfere and spoke out in Arabic: “Listen man, I’m Egyptian like you and if you want to get people down, there are 6 Japanese men up there, go get them.” The poor guy froze for a second and left mumbling, grumpy and bribe-less.

Interestingly, years later with the widespread of the internet, I found that young Japanese men wrote a guide on how to climb the Great Pyramid based on personal accounts and advices from successful nocturnal climbers written both in Japanese and English. Their motto to overcome the climb is “Never Give Up”. I wonder if our guests have anything to do with it.

It was 6 a.m. already and I went home to find my caring mother waiting by the door, drinking her too-early Nescafe and looking like she’s been worried sick. Of course this was still the peaceful pre-mobile phone era, and yes, I’m not that young. I was all white and dusty from the climbing and all I could say before heading to the shower was that we went horseback-riding at the pyramids. One year later, I proudly confessed to both of my parents which was of course met with: ‘My son has lost his mind’ and ‘you could have easily killed yourself.’ They are both true somehow, but I believe that a life without adrenaline-fueled adventures or trying new things is not really a life worth living. My motto is “Never give up, and you will reach your destination.”

I only wish I had a camera to document and commemorate this uncommon happening, and our craziness too of course. A picture from the top would have been a stunning, surreal Kodak moment, the photographer in me keeps reminiscing, even to the extent of considering the possibility of re-doing it someday armed with a camera. Writing this piece is the only proof I’m leaving for our descendants, along with my friends’ testimonies, but who’s physically immortal?

I felt exceptionally fortunate to share this rare encounter with my friend, knowing that not too many people had the chance to do it. Actually we were the only ones in our circle of friends who reached that summit. It affected me in a truly profound way and left me feeling alive, exhilarated, rejuvenated and with an ever-increasing curiosity to know more about this intriguing golden civilization.


Very soon after and with my growing interest in the endless mysterious tales surrounding the majestic Ancient Egyptians, my friend introduced me to a cool American researcher named Larry Dean Hunter. He was then hired by Richard Hoagland’s Enterprise mission – a space research institute that covers NASA, Cydonia, the Face on Mars, space anomalies, and unusual activities at the pyramids. While feeding his own passion, Larry stimulated our sense of wonder and curiosity and was the first to open our eyes on many things the average young Egyptian didn’t know much about, especially when the internet was still taking its first steps. He always told us that the youth needed to know more about the Pharaohs since it is the direct ancestral link to our own historical heritage. He also told us that not everything is known to the public and that there are some secrets still kept unrevealed.

For 3 years my friend and I met Larry in the surrounding areas of the pyramids when he would come for research visits every few months and stay with local friends. I remember enjoying many eye-opening, interesting conversations as we would go horseback-riding between the Giza plateau and Sakkara in the full moon. We even climbed the third pyramid of Menkaure (or Mykerinus) together another night sometime late in 1997, but that was a much easier task. The featured photo is from that night. It is known that the top of the second Pyramid of Khafre (or Chefren) cannot be reached as it’s the steepest of the 3 pyramids.

Slowly but surely, we realized that what we were taught at schools about the pyramids being burial complexes for the dead was too conventional and lacked any sort of reflective imagination. And since no mummies were ever found inside, some contemporary theorists refuted this idea, not believing that this was their sole function.

As the language and scripts changed multiple times over the different ages, it is very plausible that what is known today has been misinterpreted a long time ago. It is also known of Pharaohs who deliberately destroyed everything the previous dynasty has built or achieved, most probably conceal any found knowledge to use it for their own advantages such as controlling the people for example. Again, we’re talking about thousands of years here and it’s practically impossible to know everything, but we can sure keep trying.

During this time, we got to personally know a 50-year old man who lived and worked in the area who told us that 15 years earlier, a prominent official who was then the head of antiquities in Egypt and an American scientist friend took him to a nearby site in the area of Abusir where there was an excavation project led by a foreign research expedition, and ordered him to dig in a specific spot. After some brief effort, 3 sarcophagi were found and removed, yet only one made it to the public. It looks like the official and his friend kept two of the sarcophagi while looking like international heroes who made an unraveling discovery. The man was given 500 L.E (around $85 in today’s rates) to keep his mouth shut.

As my old friend reminded me lately, such reoccurring incidents distort our true understanding of history. According to the man, the 3 found sarcophagi belonged to a king, a queen and a child, and by revealing only part of the truth, the discovery’s recorded data will be missing and consequently misinterpreted, while the factual evidence remains lost forever.
Unfortunately, stories like these have been happening for a long time and there is an enormous global black market for Ancient Egyptians’ tombs, relics and artifacts – found or stolen. Our missing capstone has very similar effect as it only leaves us with a mirage of interpretations to the incomplete puzzle.


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About the Author:

Omar Cherif Omar Cherif is a trilingual writer and researcher, photographer and blogger with degrees in journalism, psychology, and philosophy. After working in the corporate world for ten years, he took writing as a vocation and is currently finalizing his first book about dreams, the subconscious mind and spirituality among other topics.

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