One of the few who have climbed the shaft, excavator Yigal Shiloh observed: “Climbing with the aid of the lowered rope appeared to be relatively simple. However, here too we were surprised, for the climb up the shaft obviously demanded special abilities which we hadn’t realized were needed. From among the entire team of archaeologists, only two reached the top of the dark shaft, even with the help of the rope—the author and the expedition’s photographer, Itzhak Harari.” See Shiloh, “The Rediscovery of Warren’s Shaft,” BAR 07:04.