A half-mile commute to school doesn't sound so bad, until you realize that commute consists of a vertical climb up and down a mountainside. That's the reality for children in Atule'er village, located on a mountaintop in a remote part of southwestern China's Sichuan Province. It's a treacherous climb, which until recently had consisted of aging bamboo ladders. Now, the bamboo has been replaced with steel, making the climb safer and faster, though still difficult. Children typically stay in dorms during the week, making the ascent to return home to the village on weekends.