Climbed Mt Sinai

Trip Start Sep 28, 2011
Trip End Nov 14, 2011

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wakeup call at 5:20am. Packed & headed off in the bus towards Sinai. Passed though the tunnel under the Suez Canal, lots of security checks, tanks, soldiers, guns. Stopped at Abu Zaneem and another stop, arrived at St Catherine's about 1pm. Stayed at Daniela Village. Our rooms were little separate huts, nice and clean. Main reception and food looked good. Waited for others to arrive from Dahab, they got in about 1:30, put their luggage in their rooms, and then we were all driven to the Monastery of St Catherine where we met our Bedouin guide to lead us up Mt Sinai. Started climb about 2:30pm, very hot, dusty and hard going. The guide made the group stay together and waited for Julie and I to catch up. Julie got a camel ride, the guys pestered me relentlessly to take a camel, good price lady. I stuck it out and plodded along, past 1 tea house, then another (shared a Snickers bar with Damian). Mike kept doubling back to give me water. Passed the next couple of tea houses then arrived at the base of the steps. 750 steps, Julie and I walked up together, about 10 steps at a time before stopping for a sit and a rest (to enjoy the view). Got to the top just before 5, so it took me about 2.5 hrs. Started getting chilly on the top so we needed our jumpers, plus a scarf for me. Sat and watched the sun go down (Damian got a movie of it all), took lots of photos. The sun totally set and we rushed off to get down the steps while there was still light. Easier going on the track down, light starting to fade so I used the torch. Almost slipped a few times on rocks in the dark. My knee started to ache about half was down and by the end I could hardly walk on it. Took over an hour to get down. Assembled at the bottom, met Tarek and our driver and drove back to our hotel. I had a quick shower, rubbed on some Tiger Balm, had a couple of Voltaren, ate dinner, and turned in for the night.
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