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Title: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 12, 2017, 10:43:56 AM
I've been thinking about hiking Petra and the Wadi Rum for years. Today I saw this: https://www.outsideonline.com/2238001/new-jordan-trail-calling-us 

I recognize a sign when I see one. Throw in a side-trip to Jerusalem, and I'm there. I figure I'll do this in five years, when I turn 65 and my kids have all left home.  I'll have to find a time when the crowds are low so I can hike alone, but the weather is tolerable. Stay tuned, I'll post a trip report on BBC in a few years.

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Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: Txlj on October 12, 2017, 02:18:11 PM
I could see this and can NOT wait to read the trip report. I already know it will be outstanding!

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Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 12, 2017, 03:28:32 PM
 :great: Check back in five years, Txlj.  :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: DesertRatShorty on October 12, 2017, 06:43:13 PM
Are you certain you won't want a hiking partner? ;)
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: dprather on October 12, 2017, 06:55:53 PM
EPIC

I have been giving serious consideration to the Jesus Trail across Galilee
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 12, 2017, 09:17:15 PM
Are you certain you won't want a hiking partner? ;)

Haha, DRS. When I say "alone", I mean far from the madding crowd. But if another lone madman wanted to come along, I'm open to considering it.  :eusa_think:
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: Jalco on October 12, 2017, 09:27:12 PM
far from the madding crowd

My dad misquoted this often as "far from the maddening crowd", which is probably how most of us think.
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 12, 2017, 09:30:19 PM
far from the madding crowd

My dad misquoted this often as "far from the maddening crowd", which is probably how most of us think.

 :great:
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 12, 2017, 09:30:52 PM
EPIC

I have been giving serious consideration to the Jesus Trail across Galilee

Dprather, that's a lot of the draw for me, too. Just being in that landscape, with that history.

I started planning a trip to the Mideast over 30 years ago. Back in '92, my girlfriend-soon-to-be-wife and I almost went. We intended to buy plane tickets to Cairo and backpack/hitch our way to Israel and Jordan, but there were a lot of bombings and shootings that year and my father literally got down on his knees and begged us not to go. Long story short, we wound up buying plane tickets to Istanbul instead and backpacked/hitched to Syria and then island-hopped our way to Greece. Great trip, but not the same thing at all.

If I wind up making this trip, I plan to finish up in Israel and do a lot of what I didn't get to do 25 years ago.
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: venchka on October 14, 2017, 11:46:54 AM
How about Montecello, UT to St. George, UT on foot and/or bicycle? Far fewer IEDs.
Just a thought.
Wayne


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Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 14, 2017, 12:01:29 PM
How about Montecello, UT to St. George, UT on foot and/or bicycle? Far fewer IEDs.
Just a thought.
Wayne

But the food, man...the food!
Title: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: venchka on October 14, 2017, 04:01:10 PM
That photo reminds me of the plate put in front of me in Abu Dhabi. I looked down and a small charred bird was looking back at me.
Iím thankful that I have traveled overseas. I survived. Iím going to quit while I am ahead.
Thereís more than enough to keep me interested in the USA and Canada.
Hereís a Bucket List for you:
The North Boundary Trail and The Great Divide Trail in Canada.
Connecting to The Continental Divide Trail in the USA.
They could keep you busy for a few summers.
You might even get to see a grizzly or 3.
Wayne


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Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: Jalco on October 14, 2017, 05:39:01 PM
Thereís more than enough to keep me interested in the USA and Canada.

Ain't that the truth.  Compared to a lot of you guys on this board, I'm just getting started.  We are blessed in this nation to have so much available to us
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: dprather on October 14, 2017, 08:05:30 PM
Not really off-topic, but somewhat off-continent...

My two sons and I are, Lord willing, hiking Hadrian's Wall in June 2018.
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: venchka on October 14, 2017, 08:50:32 PM
Take your woolies. And the best tents and rain gear you can get your hands on.
Have fun!
Wayne


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Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: dprather on October 14, 2017, 09:13:10 PM
Thereís more than enough to keep me interested in the USA and Canada.

Ain't that the truth.  Compared to a lot of you guys on this board, I'm just getting started.  We are blessed in this nation to have so much available to us

I think backpackers and outdoorsmen really do get a bargain in the US.

We get to backpack wonderful places for little or no money, and we can hunt federal land for little or no money.
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 14, 2017, 10:51:11 PM
Not really off-topic, but somewhat off-continent...

My two sons and I are, Lord willing, hiking Hadrian's Wall in June 2018.

Huzzah!  That's one for the books!

Dprather, if you and I don't run into each other in the Bend, then we're bound to run into each other on some other continent. Our interests seem spookily similar. Wayne's trying to send me into the nether reaches of Canada, but I'm not sure I have the vim and vigor he does, and he's got a decade or more on me. I'm planning on Jordan at the age of 65, because it's the Middle Eastern version of hut-to-hut hiking: I can eat my way from village to village.  Next on my list after Jordan is Great Britain, where I can walk from pub to pub along any number of their long distance trails. You'll make it there long before me. All I ask is please post a trip report.  :dance:
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: dprather on October 14, 2017, 11:30:27 PM
Not really off-topic, but somewhat off-continent...

My two sons and I are, Lord willing, hiking Hadrian's Wall in June 2018.

Huzzah!  That's one for the books!

Dprather, if you and I don't run into each other in the Bend, then we're bound to run into each other on some other continent. Our interests seem spookily similar. Wayne's trying to send me into the nether reaches of Canada, but I'm not sure I have the vim and vigor he does, and he's got a decade or more on me. I'm planning on Jordan at the age of 65, because it's the Middle Eastern version of hut-to-hut hiking: I can eat my way from village to village.  Next on my list after Jordan is Great Britain, where I can walk from pub to pub along any number of their long distance trails. You'll make it there long before me. All I ask is please post a trip report.  :dance:

I have been unable to coax my sons into backpacking.  They are, however, like me, history guys.

I used the tremendous historical significance of Hadrian's Wall as bait.  That, and I am paying for most of it.  It will truly be a lifetime father/son  blessing.

The pathway is very well laid-out and there are strategically placed hostels, rental barns, and pubs (it is not really backpacking).  Hadrians Wall is a designated British trail.  The path is 84 or so miles from the Irish sea on the west, to Wallsend on the English Chanel on the east.  We are doing eight days and seven nights.  That will allow us to stop and take in the many archaeologically significant sights, some of which are still being dug.  My oldest son inherited his mom's tendency to take care of details, so he is doing the grunt work of planning (he says  there is a famous pub called "Twice Brewed" about half-way).

June will be somewhat warm by their standards, but not so much by ours.  It will be the rainy season with winds blowing from west to east, thus dictating a west to east trek to keep the blowing rain out of our faces.

Although we will be too far south, I expect to run into Mel Gibson/William Wallace as we are climbing the central hilly section - FREEDOM!

My Jesus Trail plans correspond with a trip to the Bible Lands for my wife and I.  We are going with a small group of other ministers and wives, led by a guy who specializes in such as this.  I will leave about a week early to do the Jesus Trail, perhaps hooking up with some other hikers so as not to go solo in the Galilee (although I am assured that the Galilee is safe).  Then I'll meet my wife and the rest in Jerusalem, a grizzled, dusty, and crusty veteran of Israel. 
Title: Re: Just started planning a thru-hike of Jordan
Post by: House Made of Dawn on October 14, 2017, 11:45:48 PM
Not really off-topic, but somewhat off-continent...

My two sons and I are, Lord willing, hiking Hadrian's Wall in June 2018.

Huzzah!  That's one for the books!

Dprather, if you and I don't run into each other in the Bend, then we're bound to run into each other on some other continent. Our interests seem spookily similar. Wayne's trying to send me into the nether reaches of Canada, but I'm not sure I have the vim and vigor he does, and he's got a decade or more on me. I'm planning on Jordan at the age of 65, because it's the Middle Eastern version of hut-to-hut hiking: I can eat my way from village to village.  Next on my list after Jordan is Great Britain, where I can walk from pub to pub along any number of their long distance trails. You'll make it there long before me. All I ask is please post a trip report.  :dance:

I have been unable to coax my sons into backpacking.  They are, however, like me, history guys.

I used the tremendous historical significance of Hadrian's Wall as bait.  That, and I am paying for most of it.  It will truly be a lifetime father/son  blessing.

The pathway is very well laid-out and there are strategically placed hostels, rental barns, and pubs (it is not really backpacking).  Hadrians Wall is a designated British trail.  The path is 84 or so miles from the Irish sea on the west, to Wallsend on the English Chanel on the east.  We are doing eight days and seven nights.  That will allow us to stop and take in the many archaeologically significant sights, some of which are still being dug.  My oldest son inherited his mom's tendency to take care of details, so he is doing the grunt work of planning (he says  there is a famous pub called "Twice Brewed" about half-way).

June will be somewhat warm by their standards, but not so much by ours.  It will be the rainy season with winds blowing from west to east, thus dictating a west to east trek to keep the blowing rain out of our faces.

Although we will be too far south, I expect to run into Mel Gibson/William Wallace as we are climbing the central hilly section - FREEDOM!

My Jesus Trail plans correspond with a trip to the Bible Lands for my wife and I.  We are going with a small group of other ministers and wives, led by a guy who specializes in such as this.  I will leave about a week early to do the Jesus Trail, perhaps hooking up with some other hikers so as not to go solo in the Galilee (although I am assured that the Galilee is safe).  Then I'll meet my wife and the rest in Jerusalem, a grizzled, dusty, and crusty veteran of Israel.

Father/Sons and Husband/Wife. Awesome, and I'm jealous. And it looks like you'll visit both locations well ahead of me. I look forward to someday comparing notes on both those destinations.  :great: