Ascent of Har Shlomo in 2005-07

Climber: Eli Wolfhagen

Date:July, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Har Shlomo
    Elevation:2231 ft / 680 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike was done as part of a Birthright group trip to Israel in early July 2005. There were about 20 or so hikers in all.

We left our hostel to begin the hike of this mountain around 3 am in the morning in order to summit around sunrise and to additionally beat the heat of the midday Negev Desert sun. Our guide, who incidentally was also named Shlomo, indicated that this peak was routinely scaled by Israeli Army trainees for desert conditioning purposes. The trail was dusty and involved some minor scrambling (none of which was exposed).

The peak overlooks the blue waters beach resort town of Eilat, at the extreme southern tip of Israel. From the summit, you can also see Egypt, whose border is not far from Eilat. Also, across the Gulf of Aqaba, portions of Jordan and further south Saudi Arabia can be seen.

The descent involved a few steep drops, but cables were provided to assist the triumphant hikers.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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