Seeb Al Ghareeb, Musandam
My first trip to Oman was when I bought my first 4×4 in the UAE 2 years ago. I was so excited to try it on an adventure so I decided to visit Musandam with a couple of my friends. And I fell in love. Last week’s visit was surely different from my first one: I am actually more at ease with the customs procedures. I now know my way around the place. I am acquainted with many fishermen to transport me to the islands suitable for camping, etc.
Moving Thursday night, we met by pure chance friends of Toufic’s at the station and we all hit the road to the borders. At the passport check, we again saw some old friends who were also heading to Oman but to a different camping site. After some time spent at the customs, we rush to Khasab for the night. We joined Toufic, Leanne, Omar and the rest by Khasab Port where they set the camp to sleep. But sleeping was not the plan for me. Hiking was. I wanted to see how the Port looked like in the middle of the night from the top of its surrounding mountains. The climbing took about 45 minutes during which my tent, then my sleeping bag, then my bag took turn in annoying me by falling off my back (Need to manage better packing next time). The view from the top made me forget all this and more. I just stood there, taking in deeply the cold breeze and enjoying the moonlight. It was breathtaking. Then it was time for some “selfies” before finding the right spot to sleep the few more hours left before sunrise. By a cliff was the perfect spot.
The morning was full of emotions. I wake up with a smile on my face. Lingering inside the tent, i was listening to the surrounding silence, only disturbed by the buzz of some crows and hornets curious with this strange nomad invading their wide kingdom. We met with the company around an hour later. They were already climbing and enjoying the shadow of the rocks by the sea. We took turn to practice our climbing techniques under the watchful and serious eye of Toufic.
Then it was my turn to rock climb and enjoy a new challenging route. With the help of fellow rock climbers guiding me from below, I was able to pull it of and learn new techniques. An accomplishment I am proud of.
A while later, i was taken by Omar running in the water trying to swim with the reef sharks. The word “shark” was the perfect invitation for me to jump in the cold waters yet was a bit far and Omar had the perfect timing. It was unfortunate I did not bring my scuba gear on this trip as I always do. It would have been great to take some underwater footage of these magnificent underwater creatures that do not ofter visit so close to shore. The sea creatures were as curious as we are, swimming closer to the shore then escaping when we got near them.
After the thrill of watching reef sharks and getting first encounter with these beautiful creatures, i went back to the rocky walls to practice what I have been learning in caving class with MECET. I tried my first belay on an actually rocky wall. Not as easy as I thought it would be, but again as always I learn better every time from my mistakes and with Toufic’s guidance I was up and down in no time.
So much action in this weekend it was a shame it had to end as I packed my gear and head-back to Dubai, for another adventure called “Avoiding Dubai Traffic”!