tiyul number 9 – amram’s pillars

by Aviv Blum on December 16, 2010

Tiyul #9

December 6 2010. hike number nine was in Eilat. this is the first time in 3 years that we went to Eilat for Hanukah. we left the house at 9:30. and after a short hike in Machtesh Ramon which took us four hours to get to we finally settled down in the Eilat field school. the next day we woke up at 7:30 and set off to our hike at the Amram’s pillars. it was a very cool day for Eilat surprisingly. my dad and Renee (Atlas-Cohen) dropped me, my brother, my sister, Renee’s daughter and my mom off and let us wait for an hour because the hike was one way. they finally got back and we set off on our ascent up a big mountain which drained out a lot of our energy and it was only the beginning of the hike, but luckily the views paid off. then after all the hard work we started our descent down the other side of the mountain. after we got down we decided to take a lunch break under a unique colored set of red rocks. we had down again until we got to a cave. me and my brother found a smaller cave so we called my mom and Renee and when we went out the rest of the group was nowhere in sight. so we walked and walked and hoped that they would be waiting at the car but then, finally we found them. they said that they thought that we were in front of them so at least they weren’t running away from us. then we kept walking until we got to the red trail which would lead us to an hour into the black canyon. it started off with another very tough and steep climb. then we reached the canyon which was beautiful and narrow and after walking an hour in the canyon we got to the cars but we had to wait another 30 for the girls to come back with the car so me, abba and Amir waited until we got tired of waiting so we walked on the jeep road and met up with them.

The pillars for which this tiyul is named

The steep hike to the top of Har Amram

We made it!

View from the top

Another view

Me, Imma and Amir in front of the view

Abba likes it too (but put your hat back on - you're too sweaty!)

Crossroads - Black Canyon to the left

Amir looking pensive in the Black Canyon

Merav looking happy

Imma and Renee

Now, that was a great hike!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Papa Mike and Safta December 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Aviv- great job. You are getting so tall! Getting into shape for Nepal!
Enjoyed the pictures!

Papa Mike and Safta

Papa Mike and Safta December 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Great comments for each picture!

Uncle Dave December 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Another great hike–man, those views are like being on the moon (or the American Southwest). Tell Amir to lighten up– he looks too serious!

Carol Fox December 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Good going, Aviv! I love reading your descriptions of your hikes. This looks like it was a tough one. You and your family will be in great shape for Nepal after all these hikes. Your photo captions were good too. Can’t wait for the next hike.

lynne December 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

great writeup, as always! you could have a career as a writer….or a tour guide someday!!!!love reading your posts, aviv, and seeing your lovely descriptive pictures!

Marc Render December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Aviv! Your in the big leagues now, that was a serious hike! We call that view from the top a “reward” – for all that work getting up there. But I think there is a lot of satisfaction in knowing that the only way to see that view is to hike up to the top – and you did it!


Jen van Stelle December 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Lots of waiting around, huh, Aviv? 😉 Your photos of the views are beautiful — what an amazing place to hike around in!

Looking forward to hearing about tiyul #10.

Louise December 17, 2010 at 1:40 am

Greeting from Boulder CO, Aviv! I’m an old friend of your mom’s. I can see why she is so proud of you and your wonderful hikes! Good work and good writing!

Rick Skurow December 17, 2010 at 1:42 am

This normal life, indeed. Doing all this cool stuff with your folks and siblings is nothing short of a wonderful life! Some of my fondest memories are outings with Nechemia and his brothers; so I am sure you are building a treasure trove of great memories as well as a great foundation to take you into adulthood. Hikes are journeys on many different levels. Looks like you’re enjoying the trip.
Keep the tiyullim coming.
Your Cincinnati connection, Rick and Bev

שלי שני December 19, 2010 at 6:24 am

הי אביב,
התאורים שלך ממש ממחישים את המקום וזה עושה חשק לטייל שם.
נחמד גם לראות את התצלומיםשל האזור וגם של כל המשפחה!
מצפה לקרוא על הטיול הבא שלכם העשירי במספר
ד”ש חם לכולם

Adriane Kreisberg December 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Beautiful, beautiful, scenes. Very good descriptions, and the pictures are wonderful. I assume you’re the photographer, Aviv. Keep up the good work and you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to Nepal.
Save a hike for us to do together when we come to visit, but I’m afraid you’ll have to choose one of the easier ones!
Safta & Papa Mike

Gail (Gila) Friedman Shapiro December 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Amazing memories that you are creating with your family. I’m sure all of you will cherish them throughout your lives.

Dori and Rich December 28, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Amazing adventure and love those pics. Aviv, your descriptions of your tiyulim creates the imagery of your hikes. I tell you; I wish I could be there. Hopefully, we will see you in 2011.
Your experiences with your family is priceless and forever will be in your mind and heart.
Nepal is waiting.
Dori and Rich

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