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.
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!