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Mt. Sinai, Sinai Peninsula
On our bus trip from the southern tip of Israel, through the Sinai Peninsula, in reverse route of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt. We stopped overnight at the base of the traditional Mt. Sinai and at 1:00 A.M. we began our ascent of the mountain on a path that had been roughly hewn out for such pilgrimages. We arrived near the peak at about 4:00 A.M. and waited in an unheated tin hut, with temperatures in the 20's F., for it to get light enough for our final ascent to the summit, for sunrise.
Date(s): November 2011. Album by John E. Keller. Photos by John E. Keller. 1 - 52 of 52 Total. 455 Visits.
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Trail to St. Catherine's Monastery-1897
The hike to the top of Mt. Sinai began at 1:00 AM. We reached a hut near the summit about an hour before sunrise.

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Sunrise from the traditional Mt. Sinai near St. Catherines Monestary

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Sunrise from the traditional Mt. Sinai

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Sunrise from the traditional Mt. Sinai

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Greek Orthodox chapel at sunrise from the traditional Mt. Sinai

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Sunrise from the traditional Mt. Sinai

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Mt. Sinai Panorama 6

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Mt. Sinai Panorama 5-

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The trail visible in valley below was the beginning of this trek.

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Mt. Sinai Panorama 4-

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Chapel on Mt. Sinai-2265

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai Panorama 6-

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai Panorama 4-

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai Panorama 3-

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai Panorama-

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2110

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2100

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2095

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2081

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2077

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2067

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2047

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2017

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Sunrise on Mt. Sinai-2001

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Rest Hut on Mt. Sinai-1981
We waited for sunrise for over an hour, with temperature in the low 20's F. and the wind blowing. The coldest I have ever been, even after growing up in rural Nebraska. The thin walls of the hut, the flannel shirt, plus a sweat shirt and light jacket were not enough protection from the cold.

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Rest time on Mt. Sinai-1961

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Rest time on Mt. Sinai-

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Rest Hut on Mt. Sinai-1917

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Tea Time Mt. Sinai-1909

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Privy on Mt. Sinai-1918

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Beverages, snacks, and souvenirs waited for us, as we began our trek back down the mountain.

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Mt. Sinai-2346
These shelters were the only protection from the wind and cold as we waited for sunrise.

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Descent from Mt. Sinai

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St. Catherine's Monastery

   
 
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