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Mount Sinai

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Going up Mount Sinai was a trek of biblical proportions. Well not really, but it took close to 3 hours to walk up (7km uphill plus 750 steps carved into the mountain) and over an hour to go down (3500 steps carved into the mountain). It was a long climb, and we were glad we didn't bring our big backpack like we were planning to. Less glad that we didn't take the camel up like we were planning to, but it could have been a rough ride and we managed fine without it (with help again from Sue's formidable level of fitness). Since we were early arriving at the peak (around midnight, a couple hours ahead of most tour groups) we got a choice of sleeping spots, and about 6 of us settled on top of a roof. The night was chilly but not as bad as we were expecting. After a few hours of sleep a few groups of teenagers arrived to see the sun rise at the point where moses is said to have recieved his ten commandments from god, and that woke us up in time to see the sunrise ourselves.

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Here are pics of the famed sunrise, taken every 5 min 5:20-6:15am

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Posted by chrisvasil 23:46 Archived in Egypt Tagged ecotourism

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