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Locations

Oman escap Words + Photos: Darryl MacDonald

In August 2011, my wife,myself and two good friends were looking to beat the summer heat in Muscat and decided to tackle the highest peak in Oman. Reaching near 3,000 meters, Jebel Shams, which translates to “mountain of the sun,” is not for the faint of heart as we soon discovered.The entire trek can be completed in a single day; a very, very long day, approximately eleven hours from bottom to top and back at a steady pace.Instead, we decided to take full advantage of the spectacular views the jebel had to offer and camp overnight near the peak, returning the following morning. Before heading off, I checked the weather on multiple sites to ensure everything looked good for the weekend trip. We departed Muscat early Thursday morning,making it to the trailhead within three hours of driving. The start of the summit hike is 3.2km north of the Jebel Shams Resort, in a wadi behind a Bedouin-style camp. The hiking trail is well-marked with red, white and yellow paint swatches; from each marker, you are able to see the next. The start of the trail is a gentle

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In preparation for our trip we packed the following essentials: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Backcountry packs (50-80 liter capacity) Tent Hiking boots Water (7 liters each) Food (3 meals) Camp stove First aid kit (lots of blister pads) Headlamp Camera Rain jacket Warm clothes Sleeping bags GPS

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OutdoorUAE September 2012