yes, cannot tell you how many steps to the top, far too many, legs felt all rubbery, and completely out of breathe, wonderful view, would never do this again. took sometime after coming down to recover.
Yes. Fascinating. They've saved 100's of lives. Read story of how Bell Rock Lighthouse was built. Very interesting. But a Lighthouse Calendar each year. Won a book on Australian Lighthouses years' ago. Makes for somber reading.