Israel National Trail Blog Posts

  • 58th Day (The End)On 14 February 2009 we set out from kibbutz Dan on Israel's Northern border, unsure of what lay ahead, thinking that we would be finished in 4 years. And here we were, 22 March 2016, on our way to the last leg of our journey. This gives the term "fas...
  • EpilogueYoni Garry and I have a Whattsapp group that is named "the shvil pensioners". Besides the self-deprecating name and insight into the centrality the shvil has\had to our friendship, we now indeed are shvil pensioners. But as we all know, life doesn't...
  • 55th Day (Grumpy Old Shvillers)
    on Feb 12, 2016
    We awoke without the pressures of the day before. We'd had a good dinner, slept in good accommodations for the 2ndnight in a row and were facing a short 13 km jaunt across the Timna National Park.  We even got to sleep in till 5.15, since the en...
  • 53rd day (The Real Deal)
    on Feb 28, 2015
    If we were to compare shvil yisrael to astronomy, then it resembles one of the star constellations - a series of straight lines joining up in a pattern. Our shvil yisrael, however, would resemble the big bang, a random collection of parts being throw...
  • 52nd Day (Soft Landing)
    on Feb 21, 2015
    36 hours away, 9 hours driving, 10 hours walking,  840 km driving, 30 km walkingSounds insane? To me too. The things we have to do to finish the shvil. Initially we had wanted to hike for 4 or 5 days in order to get the majority of what remains...
  • Man Plans
    on Jan 6, 2014
    Checklist  Place to stay night before in Mitzpeh Ramon  Taxi ordered to take us the actual starting point at Saharonim campground  Jeep man booked  Shopping done, separated into days and given to jeep man to br...
  • 48th day (4 Km)
    on Nov 6, 2013
    With much fanfare and ado, after almost a year and a half of shvil dormancy, we arose at 4 in the morning, met at Manof at 5 (a bit after…I was late) and headed to the deep south for 2 days of our usual, and unusual fun and games. I have to admit,...
  • We're Back
    on Nov 3, 2013
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  • 47th day (Further Than Expected)
    on May 4, 2012
    Benad was ready and waiting at 5 a.m., leading Yoni and his car to the end point, then returning him to us so we could walk out of Mitzpeh Ramon. Today's leg was an unexpected bonus. Yesterday's extra, unplanned 15 km on the shvil allowed us today to...
  • 46th Day (Change In Plan)
    on Apr 26, 2012
    Remember us? It's been a long time. For the first time in 3 years on the shvil we were forced to postpone a shvil leg due to the weather. Not unbearably hot desert weather but cold and wet March weather. And then along came Pesach and suddenly we've...
  • 46th day (Change In Plan)
    on Apr 26, 2012
    Remember us? It's been a long time. For the first time in 3 years on the shvil we were forced to postpone a shvil leg due to the weather. Not unbearably hot desert weather but cold and wet March weather. And then along came Pesach and suddenly we've...
  • 45th day (Shvil Maturity)
    on Feb 14, 2012
    And so there we were, getting out of the same car at the same place that we'd been 18 hours earlier. Yesterday was an easy stroll north, today a hard grunt south. With this in mind, we were out of the Midreshet Ben Gurion Hilton by 5.45 and had foot...
  • 44th day (Mysterious Messages in the Desert)
    on Feb 5, 2012
    You have days like this. Short, nothing legs that link one interesting place to another. It would have been just as good if Captain Kirk had spoken into his wrist and said "beam me 13 km along the shvil, Scotty". But this would not do for the shvil e...
  • 43rd day (The Truman-Shvil Show)that white dot is the blimpIt's the first week of January. Wecompleted 2 shvil days in December. This is the season that through shvillers supposedlystart in Eilat, walking the desert in winter so as to arrive up north in earlyspring. In contrary to...
  • 42nd day (The Big Fin)Walking the shvil, the usual aim for the day is to start at point A, arrive at the end at point B and thus get a bit closer to the final goal, Eilat. Occasionally, the aim of the day's walk is merely to tidy up some loose unfinished portions or to co...
  • 41st day (Down Into the Machtesh Hakatan)
    on Dec 14, 2011
    One of the repercussions of finishing late the previous day was a reality check. We had originally planned to do a long 20 km through the Machtesh Hakatan, finishing the day with a climb out of the machtesh up Ma'aleh Eli which is a very long, very s...
  • 40th day (Blue)Sometimes things just don't go to plan. We met up late, there were traffic jams along the way and the morning just didn't flow. If I believed in omens, then the morning's tardiness certainly would have been one. It was close to eleven by the time we...
  • 39th day (Creek Beds)4.45 muster. 5.30 Eli's taxi. 6.00 Arad airstrip. Today's walk started with clockwork efficiency. Just as well, since the shvil painter's inefficiency caused us to waste any time that we may have gained by getting out of bed at such an ungodly hour.
  • 38th day (Arad)
    on Oct 27, 2011
    At 12.30 on the 14th July we arrived to Yoni's car, parked not far from Beit Govrin and said goodbye to the shvil for a summer break. Perhaps it wasn't a teary farewell, but after 3 months of no shvil,  we were glad to get back to the shvil...
  • 37th day (Trees)
    on Jul 29, 2011
    A fifth walker was joining us today, waiting for us at 5.30 at Tel Azika junction. Trouble is we got going late and arrived there at 5.45. Oh well, Mark has known us as many years as we've known each other, being an ex-Scopus boy like us and had...
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