Jebel Qatar

On Friday, January 23rd, Rebecca and I were up early and on the road by 5:30 am.  We were off to meet with a group known as the UAE Trekkers.  We had known about the group for some time, but this would be the first adventure with them.  Everyone met at the Bawadi Mall in Al Ain with vehicles arriving from mostly Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Once everyone was accounted for we set out east to the Oman border crossing of Khatm al Shakla passing hundreds of camels along the way.  The convoy crossed into Oman and made its way to the trailhead of Jebel Qatar.

The hike started at 9:30 am and we were soon heading up a wadi (dry riverbed).  We were quickly surrounded by cliffs on each side.  The rainwaters occasionally flood the wadi and have sculpted the rocks over the years.  We left the wadi after an hour and made our way across an open boulder field towards a cliff wall.  We were told we would be going up the cliff wall, but I could not see how as it was almost vertical.  We arrived at the base of the cliff and were shown a crevice in the rock.  The group slowly made our way up and soon emerged on the cliff edge.  It was a great view.

Dan in a wadi

Dan in a wadi

Dan and Becca on Jebel Qatar

Dan and Becca on Jebel Qatar

Cliff face...how do we get up that?

Cliff face…how do we get up that?

Here's how!

Here’s how!

View from the cliff top

View from the cliff top

We walked across the open ridge and made the final assault on the summit which is just shy of 2000m.  It was worth the effort and we could see for miles all around.  We had lunch at the top and relaxed for a while before heading back.  We took a slightly different way going down through another wadi.  It was 3:00 pm by the time we made it to the cars.  That night, Rebecca and I stayed in Al Ain and were quite exhausted from our hike.

Dan on the summit of Jebel Qatar

Dan on the summit of Jebel Qatar

And Becca too!

And Becca too!

On our way down

On our way down

Scenic wadi

Scenic wadi

UAE Trekkers

UAE Trekkers

The next day, we drove through the Al Ain oasis, a long important refuge on the ancient overland trade route from the Gulf to Oman.  After that, we visited the Al Ain National Museum which focuses on the extensive ethnographic and archaeological finds from the area.  We then walked through Al Jahili fort which houses a display of photography from British adventurer, Wifred Thesiger.  His images of Beadouin life are very well known and one of our favorites.  From there, it was time to head back to Abu Dhabi after a great weekend.

Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain

Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain

Becca at gates of Al Jahili Fort

Becca at gates of Al Jahili Fort

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6 Responses to Jebel Qatar

  1. Karl says:

    So are you officially UAE Trekkie’s now? Live long and prosper !

    • danroyerickson says:

      Karl. That’s trekkers, not trekkies! Big difference…haha.

      On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 8:28 PM, Bec and Dan's Overseas Adventure wrote:

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  2. Uncle Dale says:

    That hike looked marvelous and a touch exhausting. Glad you’re back exploring new things.
    PS
    I see by the summary I have to quite commenting. Having the most comments last year is the only win I had. I’ll have to tweet next time.
    DE

    • danroyerickson says:

      Keep the comments coming Uncle Dale!

      On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM, Bec and Dan's Overseas Adventure wrote:

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  3. Kelly says:

    Love the read guys! Always nice to live vicariously… Kelly

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