The mountain of Moses!
Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
121Trip End Aug 10, 2010
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We departed Dahab at 11pm and headed to St. Katherine Reserve Park. We arrived at 1:30am and started the hike in the middle of the night. I'm glad that we brought our headlamps. It was pretty amazing to walk through the gorge as there was so many stars in the clear sky. However, I couldn't keep looking up for long as the ground was uneven and too many rocks. I really wanted to just sit down for a minute and look up at the sky. But unfortunately, the guide said we needed to keep going. I was rather annoyed because I really wanted to enjoy the hike and not be rushed.
Nik started to complain that he was sleepy
Walking up the mountain, you really had to be careful as there was drop offs and I didn't realize how steep until the next morning! There was also too many camels sharing the narrow trail and we constantly had to look behind us. I saw one guy get knocked over by a camel.
Half way up, I really started to question my judgment on doing this trip. It only got steeper and steeper and I wondered what the hell am I doing??? It seemed that the trail would never end. All we saw was a long line of flickering lights ahead of us but I never could tell where the top of the stupid mountain was!
Then when I thought we were finally there, we still had 800 steps to climb! Arrghh, I'm not even religious and I was wondering what am I doing climbing this mountain with all these religious people singing their hymns! All I could think of was "God, get me back to Dahab!"
When we finally got the top, it was freezing cold and windy
Then just when I went to take a photo, my camera would not work!!! Typical, first they block my view then my camera freezes. And this was the new camera that my sister had sent me! By the time, I got the camera to work, the sun had already come up!
I looked around and thought, this is it? Why did we do this climb? Neither one of us enjoyed the climb as there was way too many pushy and rude people and it was freezing cold! Would I do it again? No, not this mountain! I loved the 5 day climb to Mount Kilimanjaro but I also took my time getting to the top!
I really felt bad for Nikolas as I made him do this climb. By the time we got back to Dahab, we had been awake for 30 hours!