On a recent afternoon at Gettysburg, I had an idea for combining some physical fitness training and battlefield history. I wanted to do stairs to jumpstart my fitness plan for the new week, so I decided to climb all the free, regularly public accessible battlefield structures with flights of stairs. Unfortunately, I didn’t count all the steps, but it was good mini-workout with some great views at the top.
I started at the Pennsylvania Monument on Cemetery Ridge.
Then it was onto the Culp’s Hill tower.
Longstreet’s Tower came next.
Next, the 44th New York monument.
Finally, the First Day observation deck.
Combine the climbing with about 4.5 miles of hiking over the fields and I’d like to think I earned my ice cream that Saturday. My “relaxing” afternoon at Gettysburg morphed into something else, but I certainly had a good time, and personally I’d rather walk the stairs and the miles on a battlefield than in a gym. Especially when the spring weather is near perfection!
P.S. Did I miss any places to climb stairs? I know the Lutheran Seminary is publicly accessible, but there’s a fee to climb into the cupola. (Free and regularly accessible were my criterion.)