Everything about this stay in Sinai, Egypt, was warm.
The Berber tents under which I shared mint tea and fresh apricots, the sunny weather, the local Sheikh’s family. The Berber camp I visited twice, once on my day of arrival when I followed the Sheikh’s son when he did his rounds and second on the way down after making it to the Mount Katherine summit. The family didn’t speak any English, but recognized me and my weary expression, invited me for some tea and a break before getting back to town.
I ran into issues starting my climb up the Mount Katherine, being prohibited despite having a local guide. The Sheikh took enormous personal offence and apparently raked the local police over coals.. in the environment of the American police and racial tensions, this memory serves as an amusing contrast. And, yes, I was able to climb the following day.
– 3 months after my trip to Egypt, Arab Spring strikes in Cairo.
– 3 weeks before my move in, London riots.
– 3 months after my trip to Istanbul, Turks protest.
– 3 years in Thailand, well.. need I say it?
V for Victory. Climbing to the summit of Mount Katherine, Egypt’s highest peak, was a personal accomplishment and a celebration for the beginning of my 30s. I resolved at this moment, to summit a mountain every year. To date, I have been true to that resolution.