Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Where I stayed
Dahab Dorms at the Red Sea Relax Resort
11pm Monight night, we anxiously await in the lobby of our hostel. We don't really know what to expect, but we leave with open hearts (and full stomachs) for the top of Mount Sinai.
We are picked up with a group of about 15 others and ride in a small mini van 2 hours across the desert from Dahab to mount Sinai. We go through several checkpoints before we all clamber out of the vehicle, half asleep and half excited to climb the dark mountain that looms in front of us.
None of us has ever done anything like this before and although we don't know what to expect we are excited to face the challenge ahead of us. 15 strangers sudedenly become best friends in the middle of the desert.
We start the hike just after 2am, it is pitch black and we have nothing but flashlights and the packs on our backs. Todd and I lag behind the group as we make a point of stopping numerous times to enjoy the view and take some night photos. It was worth carrying my tripod half way around the world to get these shots. After playing around with the tripod, expsoure and shutter speed settings, I start to get the hang of it and can capture at least some of Mount Sinai's majesty. A star covered sky hangs above us and it is suddenly apparent why the ancients invented astrology. There are more stars on this night than I have ever seen before in my entire life. We stare up at them in astonishment. We are ignorant of the great warriros and fearless Gods that grace the skies above us, but we know they are there, hidden among the the spekcs of light compsosed of firey gases millions of miles away. Somehow, deep down we know these mythical Gods and creatures are watching over us during our ascent.
We reach the summit, exhausted, heaving, gasping for air. Our muscles are screaming, our stomachs are churning and our heads are light and dizzy from the exertion. We don't care. The pale blue of dawn is peaking through the fading night and we know we are minutes away from the sun rising. We find a spot,over looking the mountains in the distance and enjoy the serenity that is around us. No-one speaks.
This was a magical experience.