Exploring A New Wadi
Somedays are better than others and yesterday was one of them. I have always enjoyed exploring the region and found lots of excitement when discovering hidden gems or learning about exciting new trails to enjoy, so when I had the chance to join experienced hikers on an exploration trip in Ras Al Khaima I didn’t think twice.
We started the hike early Saturday 8:30am taking whats known as Wadi Nakab hike.
At some point the group split in two those who will hike up towards the village on top taking the “man made stairs” and those who will continue towards an unexplored wadi.
The new wadi offered spectacular views. The hike require lots of scrambling, crawling and jumping from one bolder to the other. Being familiar with rock climbing really helps you navigate through some challenging parts of this wadi.
What really made this trip possible without casualties was the amazingly good weather. Cool breeze all day and shaded routes made this less of a struggle to find our way to the peak.
Exploration mean expecting the unexpected and navigating through an unknown wadi always leads to some change of plans and find solutions to what ever problems/challenges you might face and taking a team decision accordingly.
At some point we reached a wall that required some serious climbing that not many are comfortable with since many had different backgrounds and experiences. A wise decision was made to look for other route around the wall and avoid risk. The new route turned out to be more exciting when we found out we had to abseil down over a ledge and find our way through another wadi. Experiences hikers always come prepared, and packing up your rope and harness is always a game changer.
After hours and hours of hiking and climbing we finally made it to the top and was matter of time before we navigated the top plateau looking for the village which connects to man made stairs.
It was a long day and by the time we reach the village it was already sunset. We continues our way down the man made stairs using headlights, which is always good to have when going on an exploration cause you never know when you might get stranded, lost, or stay over night due to unfortunate circumstances.
The things I really enjoyed about this trip was working as a team and supporting each other through the challenging parts and most importantly in keeping up the moral when someone got tired. After all thats what being in nature is all about, bonding!
All in all it was a challenging 12 hour hike that ended up with lots of new experiences, knowledge and most of all a safe exploration with no injuries besides few leg cramps and knee pain which to me is a sign of a good work out.
I must say hats off to Omran Antar, Faisi Shalmani, and Hannah for stepping out of their comfort zone and facing their fear of heights and conquering it.
Special thanks to WL UAE and ADA for organizing this special trip. I look forward to join future explorations with experienced hikers and adventurous souls.
Thanks Faisi Shalmani for sharing your pictures of me 🙂