Today was a physically challenging day. After saying goodbye to shepherds Saif, Ahmed, and Abbod I started the long climb out of Wadi Hidan. It wasn’t bad, but the 2400 foot climb was agonizingly slow. When I got to the top of the canyon rim it was easy going until I had an insane descent. It was a 2400 foot drop straight out of Hell. No trail, very rocky, remote, and of course steep.
The problem was that there were impassable cliffs everywhere. If I deviated even slightly from the GPS tracks I’d find myself at the edge of an impassible drop. Then I’d have to backtrack to where I know I was on the GPS track. This necessitated having to stare at the GPS while I was walking. I was afraid I’d walk right off a cliff or twist my ankle on a rock. Where I was was so remote in rugged, any kind of help would have been impossible. I wove my way down into Wadi Mujib slowly and carefully and everything worked out.
Tonight I’m camped in Wadi Mujib staring at the 3300 foot climb I’ll be faced with tomorrow morning.
You can find all my journal entries from the Jordan Trail here: Jordan Trail