Catching the sunrise is always worth it.
Tapping into those weekend miles for the greatest motivation.
We’ve still got a lot of mountain snow to ski here in the Elks, but the Valley après is a match for firing us up.
One of those moments of stoke when I can’t keep my eyes open: arriving at our first Bedouin basecamp in Wadi Rum Protected Area. The sun was setting, and the rocky buttes that reached high above our collection of tents were too alluring to ignore. I scrambled to the top, where I ran into a friend who’d scurried up from the other side. Wadi Rum’s granite-sandstone spires feel otherworldly, like standing in a sea-globe with towers of coral, surrounded by intense dunes and unimaginable shades of red. Wadi is one of the most ethereal landscapes I’ve ever seen. Read more about this incredible country’s wilderness, culture and heritage in my recent travel story for @eaglecreek (link in profile or www.morgantilton.com.)
Universal love: This 1984 Land Cruiser is sturdier then a new 2016 Toyota pickup, my Jordanian guide Salamh Zalabih (@salamhzalabih) assured me. (Salamh would know, as he owns both.) This classic rig carried our crew across Wadi Rum Protected Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in southern Jordan—and it’s engine still has many miles to go. Here, we enjoyed views of the vast expanse and roaming camels adjacent to our backcountry campsite. Read more about this incredible country’s wilderness, culture and heritage in my recent travel story for @eaglecreek (link in profile or www.morgantilton.com.)
One of my favorite sections of the Jordan Bike Trail is in the 10th stage, from Petra to Abbasiya. We descended from Rajif to Delagha and crossed the desert to reach Al Humaimah, a desolate stopover that was used by camel caravans along the Spice Route centuries ago. Our oasis was a big tent where a Jordanian chef served us a fresh, picnic-style lunch. It was one of the best meals I ate in Jordan. Read more about the country’s wilderness, culture and heritage in my recent travel story for @eaglecreek (link in profile or www.morgantilton.com.)
We ascend and crest a pale-and-ebony slope—and my first-glance of the archaic city stops me in my tracks. Carved into the high hills is the rock-cut facade of Al-Dayr, otherwise known as the Monastery, which stretches a shocking 164 feet wide and close to 150 feet high. The earliest historic reference to the city of Petra dates back to 312 B.C.—so it’s mind-boggling for me to imagine workers carving into this cliff face of such intimidating height. We stroll down to the cave tea shop, take a seat to sip tea, and admire the Hellenistic dwelling, dressed in sunlight and surrounded by bright pink bushes of oleander. // Read more about the incredible adventures home to Jordan in my piece, “Why The Jordan Trail Should Top Your Adventure Bucket List,” published on @eaglecreek (link in profile and at www.morgantilton.com.)
It’s such a pleasure to reflect on my recent adventures in Jordan and to share pieces of the country’s wilderness, culture and heritage in my recent travel story for @eaglecreek (link in profile or www.morgantilton.com.) Here, our caravan roams across the vast, multi-hued dunes of the Wadi Rum Protected Area to reach inconspicuous trailheads and explore routes only known by the guides and nomadic peoples. I’m excited to share more images this week: Let me know what you’d like to learn about this magical place, and I’m happy to pass along more details.
Missing this crew of colorful, vibrant badass babes! #fbf to last weekend’s trail running-climbing-hiking-artistic-reflective bachelorette for the one and only @emmaathenamurray—in Yosemite: what a dream!