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Letters from the Oman Trail – First night in the mountains

Letters from the Oman Trail – First night in the mountains

Attempting the climb in darkness, not entirely sure of your destination, more so if alone, is a sure way to get in a lot of troubles fast.

It’s camping time again. It’s only the middle of the after-noon, but thinking of finding the right spot for the night during sunset is a sure way not to find it. Especially when driving at the bottom of a wadi where you can’t safely stop and spend the night. You have to find an elevated spot. A flat one, big enough for you, that can be accessible by car. Most tracks coming off wadi beds lead to a house or a pylon. Neither is a very exciting option. But here and there, you can find an old terraced field local villagers used to harvest. Most have been abandoned long ago due to shortage of water or the passing of its owner. So has the track that would take you there. As such, they tend to be quite complicated to reach by car, which is why you must look out for them early on. Attempting the climb in darkness, not entirely sure of your destination, more so if alone, is a sure way to get in a lot of troubles fast.

I have been here many times before. I even know the owner of the spot I intend to spent the night on. An old local man who has opened his house to me once before. In the next few days, the search will be a lot more hazardous, and the results not as breath taking as this terrace.

Fujairah

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