|I decided that instead of climbing masada
we'd climb the mountain next to it for the sunrise then climb down the
backside of the mountain and climb masada from the rear up the roman
ramp that the romans used to assail the jews two thousand years
ago. A great idea but I couldn't remember where the other mountain
was at and it was pitch black so we picked one that had no trail and it
turned out to be a 4.5 hour hike to get to the backside of masada.
We could have climbed masada in a half hour doing it the traditional
method. I do have to say it was one of the most amazing hikes I've been
on and easily was an 8 or 9 out of ten in terms of difficulty.
There were a few times we thought we'd have to go back or call for help
since there was no trail and it was so dangerous. There are some
videos at the bottom you should check out. One shows how treacherous
our path was.
When we first reached the peak, silhouette. Even though it's out of order I think it is an amazing picture and decided to use it first.
The climb we had to go up. It was pitch black, with loose rocks and no path. That is Adams back you are looking at. This is around 5:00 am.
Beautiful sunrise about 3/4 of the way up the mountain.
Me once we hit the peak. You can see the dried out part of the dead sea and mountains of Jordan in the background. What a great shot. Waterbottle in hand.
Another great shot from the peak. You can see the dead sea in the background.
The Jew Crew; Baruch, Adam, JB.
You could see the sun and the moon perfectly in the sky. These were shot at the exact same time.
Me climbing up with a pleasant look on my face.
Baruch, Adam, and JB sitting in a cave. Aren't cameras with timers on them awesome. I had to run and jump to get next to Adam in this shot before the timer went off. I look so natural don't I?
Me next to Masada Sign.
JB, JB kicking it live in two thousand three! From Masada don't mess with me.
Whose house? John's house!