He's back at it!

People who know me know that I belong on the Trail. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice),the Pacific Crest Trail and the mighty Continental Divide Trail. I've hiked many of the long trails here in Michigan including being the first to hike both the Ironwood Trail and the Great Lake To Lake Trail. My next big adventure will be the Israel National Trail starting in February 2017.

The purpose of this blog is to keep anyone who is interested informed of my progress and to encourage those who are able to support me in this endeavor.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

No Bears, No Rain


There are few constants I have come to expect out here. Every morning, I will wake to the sounds of birds singing and a beautiful sunrise. 


 


Nightmare and I will cook up some coffee (he drinks tea) and have a bit of breakfast before we pack up our gear and start hiking. 


 


I know that every day will be filled with fantastic landscapes and at least a couple really steep climbs. 


 


I can be certain that I will be absolutely beat by the end of the day and I know that I will sleep like a rock. 


 



Other than that, there are no expectations. I don't know who I might meet. I don't know if my water is going to last. I don't even know where I'm going to stay that night. 


 


Some days we hike up and over huge mountains like Amram and Timna. Some days we navigate crazy slot canyons like Nardit and Barak. Some days we meet small groups of Israeli hikers, some days we pass jeeps full of soldiers and some days we don't see a soul. 


 


Most days end with Nightmare and I finding a quiet place to camp. We break out some pita bread and hummus (I have a whole other blog post coming about what we eat out here) and talk about all the amazing things we saw that day. 


 


Two other things are certain: I will not have to worry about where to hang my food as there are no bears in Israel and I won't have to think about wether or not to use my rain fly (or even my tent!) because it never rains here. 


 


Have questions about hiking the Israel National Trail? Please leave a comment below

4 comments:

Roberta McCoy said...

Awesome photos.... And you said you couldn't write. Can't wait for more. Keep on enjoying your adventure and I will keep travelling with you.

Suzanne Hollyer said...

Wow! Great pictures. I'm sure it must rain at some point. When is the rainy season? What food have you stored away?

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks for following, Roberta. If you keep reading, I'll keep writing!

Christopher Hillier said...

It rains in the northern half of the country pretty reugularly but here in the south, they only get about 8cm of rain per year - mostly in the winter. We have only cached food once - we mostly cache water. Humans can live for three weeks without food but only three days without water.