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kernowclimber
2011-04-05 16:00:08
"Wadi Bimah (Snake Gorge)" from kernowclimber Contract pics
Picture: Wadi Bimah (Snake Gorge) (Contract pics)

Skeikh yer Omani and go!
Simon3, you're such a wit!! We didn’t encounter any Somali pirates, AQAP operatives or disgruntled western loathing ‘natives’, just a bold as brass goat that took off with our walking routes in its mouth. In its greed, it managed to eat one but dropped the others that were folded inside whilst doing so. These were hastily retrieved by mcrtchly!! Sadly the video wasn't running at that moment!

Being no stranger to the Middle East, Oman is a fabulous country to travel in and is regarded by the FCO as one of the safest. The Arabs are often misunderstood and much maligned in today's media that is obsessed with Islamic terrorism and religious fundamentalism. Sadly, this is a terrible injustice to some of the most hospitable people you will encounter anywhere on earth. Everyone we met was genuinely friendly and helpful and proud and delighted that we chose to visit their country.

We camped for the entire duration of our trip and never once felt threatened; we didn't see a soul on our trek up Jebel Shams. I felt a wonderful sense of freedom the whole time I was there: free from the endless restrictions on what you can and can't do in Europe, such as lighting a fire. Unlike at home, where our car was broken into while we were rough camping in the Comeraghs a couple of years ago, our rented 4x4 was untouched and I felt 100 per cent sure about leaving it and all our camping gear unattended while we went off to do things.

The Al Hajar Mountains are in the NE of the country, close to the coast with its incredible wadis and most of the interesting sights such as Nizwa, Al Hoota Cave, Barkla Fort, the Wahiba Sands etc. You do not need to go anywhere near the Saudi border (there are no main roads leading there in any case as the area is mainly desert), and if visiting Dhofar (down in the SW of the country) the places you are likely to want to see make it highly unlikely that you will stray into Yemen. The main road network is generally good and off-road conditions are fine with a suitable vehicle.

It's true that the 'Arab Spring' has affected places such as Bahrain, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya making them unsafe for travel. Oman did see some trouble at Sohar, and on the bus from Dubai, we passed a burned out supermarket and a few lingering protesters in tents. These were mainly unemployed malcontents looking for trouble of the ilk that ransacked London recently. The majority of the population revere Sultan Qaboos bin Said and do not seek regime change.

So, do not be deterred by all that you see and read in the media. Visit this beautiful Moslem country, experience the warmth of Arab hospitality and indulge your senses and your muscles in the exquisite turquoise seas, lofty mountains, secret canyons and magical wadis of Oman.
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Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 8 hours ago.
On my approach to the summit I came across a large field of hundreds of these rather striking formations, which I think are are moss-covered boulders, but which looked like giant green ant-hills o...

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy 8 hours ago.
My final Vandeleur-Lynam! Unfortunately No. 273 wasn't the most distinctive summit (when I came off Mangerton I couldn't even pick it out on the landscape) , but the views from the top are tremend...

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 8 hours ago.
Not normally done in isolation, this top usually forms part of a walk involving Dromderalough itself or Mangerton. One approach is from the north, which has the advantage of a gently rising track ...

Forum: General
The Spine Race
IainT 11 hours ago.
The Spine Race is a 268 mile run up the Pennine Way in N England, run every January, often in vile conditions. Runners are unsupported but there are a few checkpoints where they can sleep or eat. ...

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 23 hours ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 23 hours ago.
Visited Mullaghdoo today, as part of a 16.4km tek over the Mullaghs, followed Onzy`s track 2570 and added on the walk out to Mullaghdoo and back from Mullaghclogha, much retracing of steps require...

Track
Knocksink Wood to Glencullen and Stepaside
jgfitz a day ago.
Knocksink Wood on the outskirts of Enniskerry is a lovely nature reserve. After an easy 2 km hiking, the remaining 2 km walk, Len: 14.3km, Climb: 578m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
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Slievenaglogh: Pleasant 90 Minute Stroll
Pepe 3 days ago.
A blanket of cloud covered the higher Cooleys from Foxe's Rock to Foye but Slievenagloch was in the clear - happy days! Lots of logging activity at 9.30 of a Monday morning, so no space to park at...

  
Summit Comment
Mangerton: The Lake District
TommyV 4 days ago.
Scapania's directions to the start are perfect. It's possible to make a looped walked taking in Stoompa and Mangerton which will allow for great views of so many lakes I won't list them. It's a fa...

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Naweeloge Top: Meh
magnumpig 4 days ago.
I followed Sandmans instructions - thanks for those - it's a bit of a time consuming and boring climb, and the views from the top arent great. I wouldnt prioritise it if you have time constraints ...

  
Track
Faroese High
mcrtchly 4 days ago.
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Ben More: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a' Chroin in the distance
melohara a week ago.
Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a' Chroin in the distance from Ben More Crianlarich


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