copy Excellent Adventures in Egypt

Enter here to share Joni's adventures living and working in Cairo courtesy of the U.S. Fulbright cultural exchange program. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization. - Mahatma Ghandi

1/13/2005

Dina and I spent a memorable day climbing Gebal al-Banat, led by Salah Ansour, our Bedouin guide. We scrambled up steep inclines, clinging to narrow crevices and tiny ledges with all our fingers and toes fully extended. We edged around inverted boulders and tiptoed up slick, slanting surfaces that looked more suitable for mountain goats than us. Our pants and coats bruised fragrant herbs as we edged around corners, releasing the sweet and elusive aromas of “the land of wormwood and scent and helianthum and pyrethrum,” the region’s Bedouin name. We finally emerged above a broad cirque valley to stand on the gebel’s flat peak, with a 360 degree panorama of central Sinai’s high mountain region in view. Absolutely magnificent. I plan to come back during my spring-time visit to do a 3 day trek (with camels toting our gear) through wadis and across mountain passes to one of the region’s lush springs. Salah, our intrepid guide. Posted by Hello

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