1000 miles in the Middle East

The Sinai Trail has finally been hiked the whole way, from start to finish. Northern Irish filmmaker and author Leon McCarrron walked the trail with his friend Austin Vince and Musallem Abu Faraj: one of the Bedouin guides of the Sinai Trail. Leon’s trip on the Sinai Trail was part of a much bigger 1000 mile walk through the Middle East, in which he also walked a new Palestinian hiking trail called Masar Ibrahim el Khalil, plus the Jordan Trail. Mount Sinai marked the official end point of Leon’s 1000 mile walkabout. Over the coming months, he will be writing about his adventures in the Middle East and he will also be releasing a short film on the Sinai Trail, so stay tuned for that. We will be catching up with Leon soon for an excluslive interview, so check back for that soon too. For now, congratulations from all of us in the Sinai to Leon and Austin for their first traverse of the Sinai Trail.

Egyptian hikers tackle the Sinai Trail

Two Egyptian hikers walked the Sinai Trail recently, covering every part of the route except the last stage in the mountains of St Katherine. Marwan Abdellatif from Mansoura and Shady Mokhtar of Alexandria started the trail together, beginning from the more difficult one of the Sinai’s two alternative starting points to tackle the huge El Gardood plateau: a 1000m-high tableland with views to the Hejaz mountains of Saudi Arabia. This is the hardest part of the Sinai Trail for hikers, which makes their achievement all the more impressive, because they were noth novices with no previous hiking experience before this trip. Marwan and Shady plan to return to the Sinai soon to complete the final section of the hike near St Katherine. These two hikers have walked further than any other mainland Egyptians, setting an inspirational example for others to follow, and we send them a big congratulations!

 

1st MTB crossing of the Sinai Trail

This is just a quick bit of news to say the Sinai Trail has – for the vert first time – been ridden all the way top to toe: from the high mountains of St Katherine to the Gulf of Aqaba. A three-strong team including Musallem Abu Faraj of the Tarabin tribe – one of the Sinai Trail Bedouin developers – plus Kevin Davie, a professional rider and author of the book Freedom Rider, along with a Ukrainian riding partner made the trip successfully. They were supported by a Bedouin team making drops of food, water and sleeping gear at rendezvous points along the way. The team gave us some useful feedback, telling us that 80% of the trail could be ridden. The other 20% had to be walked and there were some tough porterages over high passes. Over the coming year the Sinai Trail team will be exploring the possibility of making the trail 100% rideable by developing alternative trail segments specifically for bike crossings where these would be difficult on the main hiking route. Keep checking back here for all the news. Congratulations to all the guys who just finished the trail from everybody at the Sinai Trail team!