Day 23: Wadi Rum

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Sabah, our guide for three days


A delightful breakfast in the morning (once again, miles better than anything you’ll get in most hotels here) and off we went again. The weather had cleared significantly overnight, so Sabah thought it would be a good idea to climb the Jebel Burdah - an 800 metre high rock, which has an 80 metre high rock bridge at the top.
This activity is called ‘scrambling’, which is basically a cross between walking and climbing, which doesn’t need much technique other than the ability to hang on and not fall. So basically it involved us using hands and feet to climb up several steep sections of rock.

It was massive fun, climbing up. Halfway we had a long rest, where we had a stunning view over Wadi Rum. We were so glad the weather had cleared. Though still a bit hazy, we could see much farther than we had yesterday.

view over Wadi Rum

Once we reached the bridge the effort gave us great satisfaction. And walking across the rock bridge was scary but fun: no ropes, no rail, nothing between us and certain death below in the ravine but an eroded piece of rock which could stay up there for another 1000 years, or could fall down right this instant.

The way down was even more exciting than the way up, because going down steep cliffs poses certain issues about where to place your feet and not really being able to see where and how. Fortunatelly Sabah guided us towards the proper bulges to place hands and feet, so bar a few scratches we all made it back to the ground safely.

As walking in the heat of the day isn’t much fun, we went back to the camp for lunch and a very long siesta.

view over Wadi Rum desert

Late in the afternoon we set out for another long walk through the desert and climbing another high rock to see the sun set.
Unfortunately there wasn’t much sun to set (too many clouds on the horizon) but we did have a nice time sipping lukewarm soda and eating the cisps we had bought in Rum village yesterday.

Back in the camp two other Bedouines had prepared the food, and we were treated to an authentic Bedouin barbecue, a “Zerb”. A Zerb is an underground barbecue. First they burn wood in a hole, until only glowing charcoal remains. Then meat and potatoes are placed on a roaster in the hole, and the whole thing is covered with an iron tub and then completely buried under the sand. And two hours later you’ll find a delicious succulent chicken on your plate. Utterly delicious, and really special that they wanted to make this for such a small group.

Once again we had a great night under the stars

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Sabah, our guide for three days
Sabah, our guide for three days
view over Wadi Rum
view over Wadi Rum
view over Wadi Rum desert
view over Wadi Rum desert
The full gang: Sabah, Will, Alessa…
The full gang: Sabah, Will, Aless…
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
start of the Jebel Burdah climb
start of the Jebel Burdah climb
scrambling up Jebel Burdah
scrambling up Jebel Burdah
standing on a very narrow ledge
standing on a very narrow ledge
View over Wadi Rum
View over Wadi Rum
one of the steeper sections
one of the steeper sections
Will enjoying a quiet moment on Je…
Will enjoying a quiet moment on J…
The rock bridge at the top of Jebe…
The rock bridge at the top of Jeb…
At the rock bridge
At the rock bridge
Alessandro on the way down
Alessandro on the way down
me on the way down
me on the way down
Jebel Burdah (try to spot the rock…
Jebel Burdah (try to spot the roc…
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Walking through the Rum desert
Walking through the Rum desert
Watching the sun(not)set
Watching the sun(not)set
Alessandro the flying Italian!
Alessandro the flying Italian!
clouds spoiling an otherwise perfe…
clouds spoiling an otherwise perf…
Moonrise over Wadi Rum
Moonrise over Wadi Rum
The moon over Wadi Rum
The moon over Wadi Rum
preparing the Zerb
preparing the Zerb
Opening the Zerb
Opening the Zerb
Zerb (traditional Bedouin barbecue)
Zerb (traditional Bedouin barbecue)
Wadi Rum
photo by: vances