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This group is just for hikers. Everything we do is to enable us to get to a great hiking spot and spend as much time as possible in the mountains.
By joining this group, you agree to take personal responsibility for the risks associated with hiking in these mountains. You also agree to accept the recommendations for proper equipment required before you attend a hike, as well as accepting the recommendations for water consumption and other pertinent issues.
You agree to accept advice of more experienced hikers whose goal is to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the group.
A hike is NOT just a walk outside in the mountains. The nature of these mountains here in UAE and Oman is profoundly different to those in other parts of the world. There are NO marked trails - anywhere. There are no maps. The hiking route can even change over weeks due to flooding and rains. Navigation and exploring are mandatory and - in our opinion - a big part of the fun!
Most of the hikes we do, at this point, do not fall into the 'easy' category and do require that you have some fitness. We climb up boulders using our arms and and navigate down often slippery and loose rocks. Steep inclines require some mental fitness as well as physical. This could be the motivation you need to get out and start working out!
We will plan 1 or 2 hikes per month to the mountains of Oman and UAE. We will hike even in the heat of the summer, but will have to drive a little farther to get to the 'cool' air in Oman. You don't need to have car, as half the fun of hiking is getting there, and getting to know new people along the way! We will only lead hikes that we know the routes. If we don't know a route that we really want to do we will do 'exploratory' hikes for a smaller group in order to be able to lead a larger group later. We will let you know the difficulty of the hikes and stamina required in order for you to estimate your fitness level safely. We can coordinate with trekkers from anywhere in Oman or UAE and welcome people from all over.
Before you join us on a hike, you do need to have the right equipment and a degree of fitness.
Most of our hikes will be Day hikes which will usually be on Fridays, but many of the best spots can only be reached by driving more than 3 hours, which require an overnight camp.
We will state the difficulty of the hikes clearly and try to ensure that everyone has a clear picture of what they can expect.
Notes on the Gear Fee:
HIking and camping gear is now available to be loaned for no charge which you can sign up for on the Gear Borrowing form. This is made possible by the 100dh gear contribution for the hikes. Every hike everyone is asked to contribute, whether or not you borrow gear. This money is also used as a committment fee to avoid the problems associated with no shows, which an be a real problem. Whether or not you call it a gear fee, an organizing fee, or a committment fee, the point is that for the cost of going out to lunch, you have a weekend of fun planned for you for 100dh. I spend a lot of time organizing these hikes, as well as buying the gear, storing the gear, hauling the gear to and from the hikes, and replacing gear that doesn't get back to me or breaks down.
Organizing rides is always the most difficult as many hikes require 4x4 and most people don't have one, so we will give priority on attendance to drivers first and then open it up to passengers.
Dear UAE trekkers, old and new.
The past weekend had a lot of new hikers to the group and we realized that expectations need to be clearer about what a 'meetup' is thus to ensure that everyone knows what to expect.
Remember, you can always do this trip on your own. Coordinates and detailed instructions are given in the UAE Off Road Explorer. You can find it yourself if you would like to do it on your own.
You can also do it with a professional tour group, which will cost you about 600dh. Holiday in Oman will drive you from Muscat and provide you with a lunch, wetsuit, and helmet and 'guides'. They will leave exactly on time and provide you with a play by play itinerary and will not veer from it. Feel free to pay them 600dh to ensure your safety and fun and timely departure and return, if this is what you need.
I am not a professional tour guide, I am not a tour operator, I am not a travel agent and I am not a Canyoning Expert. Just to be clear, you are not paying me for these services.
We are in essence a Club, we depend on each other for fun and safety. Please remember that this also has implications which will be elaborated on.
The thing about the fees.
I store all of the gear that the group uses on camping trips. I also haul it to and fro the campsites. Its a huge effort, which I do free of charge.
I also provide all of the cooking kit. For everyone. Two cookers, coolers, and the lot of the little things that when you have to do a one off you may forget. I have it all.
I also have an extensive first aid kit, ropes, off road gear and other safety gear.
I also provide sleeping bags, mats, and tents for those that need it upon request.
The thing about leaving and getting to our destination: Make a choice about what is most important to you: one or the other...
We set a time to leave. Sometimes people are late. Actually, people are ALWAYS LATE. By coming on the trip, you need to be ready to accept that we will 1) do our best to accommodate your own possible lateness issue by waiting a reasonable time (15-20 min for you OR 2) you will be patient in the event that someone else is a bit late and 3) The group departure time may slighty be delayed.
This is part of the deal. However if you absolutely cannot stand to deal with this, you are not stuck being a part of the convoy. Not at all. You have the option to find your own way, at your own departure time , get through the border and meet up with us in Sohar at the Lulu Hypermarket. I do not provide detailed instructions to get to Sohar. You need to be responsible for this if you are driving there by buying your own map and learning how to use it. I used to do this, but after having been given LOTS of grief by people who had issues 1) inputting coordinates in the correct format 2) issues with using google maps and 3) issues with following directions I no longer provide this assistance. Part of the fun is getting there, so take it upon yourself to know where you are going.
And again, if you do not want to accept responsibility for getting yourself most of the way there, YOU CAN FOLLOW THE CONVOY!!!
The thing about Oman, roads, coordinates, and directions: DON'T STRESS OUT..
If you have never been to Oman, you need to know IT IS NOT LIKE THE UAE!!!!
1) the roads are still being BUILT and rebuilt in many cases (after Hurrican Gondor, which destroyed many roads). They are often not signed very well, no speeds are often posted, and turns are not well indicated. Making a few wrong turns here or there is to be expected. Don't stress about it.
In this case, the road to Snake Gorge changes on a monthly basis. However, I have been there enough times that I do know how to navigate around the possible changes and find my way to the campsite. Making a u turn with a big convoy is a bit crazy but IT WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN A FEW TIMES . This is not an indicator that 1) we don't know where we are going or 2) we are disorganized.
Expect a few wrong turns. Expect a few u turns. Expect a backtrack in places. Its ok, we will find our way there, and one thing is for sure YOU WILL NOT REMEMBER ANY TIME SPENT ON THE ROAD BECAUSE IT WILL BE SO MIND BLOWING AWESOME. Yes, i can safely promise this.
The thing about the campsite.
if you are new to UAE and Oman and come from a camping friendly country, you are in for a shock. Oman, though its people are very friendly to campers in theory, the terrain is NOT friendly at all. There is NO SUCH THING AS A CAMPSITE. We find a spot and pitch the tent. Sometimes its very rocky and this is why you need camping MATS. The camping spot that is close to the Chains, the one that we will go to on Thursday night is VERY INHOSPITABLE . Its not comfortable. It frankly sort of sucks eggs in a big way. But, it beats driving for another three hours to reach Snake Gorge in the dark.
So, you'r just gonna have to accept it, and either 1) plan to sleep in your car or 2) make sure you have a good camping mat and you will not be bothered by a few rocks under your tent.
Again, it will absolutely be worth it.
The thing about 'The Plan'
Our 'rough' plan is to:
Drive to the Chains campsite on Thursday night. This will mean about 4-5 hours of driving, after a long week of work, and whatever possible delays we encounter on Thursday night at the border. Sometimes, it can take awhile. This will delay us further, getting our drivers even more tired. We don't like to drive exhausted. Make sure that you have a person in your car that can drive, and make sure that whom ever is in the Co Pilot position is NOT sleeping, but taking an active role in keeping the Driver awake and alert. Driving is very dangerous in Oman, and we need two people to ensure that each car arrives at our destination and back home safely.
The variables of this hike are:
1) the weather. If there is the slightest risk of rain, we will GO. If there is a risk of cloudiness or thunderstorms we will POSTPONE until the following weekend.
These are the concerns that we had last weekend and I would like to ensure that people are aware of them well in advance of departure so you have the chance to change your mind.
If you change your mind before 7 days, you can have a credit for the gear fee for the next hike.
Finally, make sure you have signed up on the spreadsheet for rides, wetsuits, and gear. You can have anything available on that sheet.
Hope you feel well informed.
We also always practice the wilderness lovers creed: take only pictures, leave only footprints. We always pick up our own trash, as well as whatever we can take that's been left by others less respectful hikers.
So welcome to the group and hope to see you on a mountain soon!