I took it upon myself to count every painstaking step towards the tower.
I got to 383 steps before my game crashed and I wasn't even halfway up the damn mountain.
Fast forward through the awkward turn XBox off turn XBox on start up Skyrim reload last save fast travel rubbish, I get back to the third pillar (The fledgling spirits of Men were strong in Old Times; Unafraid to war with Dragons and their Voices; But the Dragons only shouted them down and broke their hearts) and started counting from the step count of 323 that I noted down at that pillar.
I took a note every so often.
To save painstaking restarts if it again crashed I decided to save at every pillar.
I counted and when I got to the final pillar the total was 712 steps.
I decided however that that wasn't every step on the mountain and decided to count the steps until I got to the doors, making a total of...
Not 7,000 steps but...
Not even close.
I'm not sure what I was expecting.
At least a thousand?
Come on Bethesda.