Five Things I Learned Hiking HaMakhtesh HaKatan in the Negev

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  1. Nadine says:

    What a terrifying but amazing experience!!! What took you to the Negev?

    • Theresa says:

      Nadine, I live in Jerusalem. Since the Negev is only a few hours south of me, it was a no-brainer to check hiking there off my bucket list when the opportunity presented itself.

  2. Brooklyn west says:

    Wow! I would love to do this!

  3. Ioanna says:

    I was hiking that place about ten years ago – but can’t remember which Makhtesh it was, could be the Gadol (Big one). Anyway, our group also got lost a bit, and we had kids with us! In the end hiked much longer than planned, but can’t remember now how long… I had injured my knees while going down the Machtesh and it was an additional issue – I was quite fit back then so the distance wasn’t an issue. We had very experienced guides with us – but the desert is unforgiving!

  4. Kaylene says:

    These are great tips for any hike! Love your photos, looks like a great hike! A flashlight and extra food is always good to bring no matter how long the hike is.

  5. Stephanie says:

    At the end of the day, it’s always worth the hike :P
    Very cool experience, thanks for sharing!

  6. Gokul Raj says:

    That must have been a great experience. The place looks so barren, like the sets of Hills have Eyes :P

  7. Arvin says:

    Having done the road-trip from Jerusalem to Eilat and looking at the terrain, I’d absolutely love to do this hike. Thanks for the tips!

  8. Lara Dunning says:

    The “ten essentials” are promoted lots in Washington for hikers. You never know when they may come in handy, even on a day hike in the mountains. Even tho the hike was sometimes difficult I bet it felt super good to finish and push yourself. Way to go!

  9. Paul says:

    Sounds like you had a very scary experience! Really pleased for you that you pushed through the pain barrier and managed to finish! The hike though does look really epic and I would love the challenge one day!
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  10. Amy says:

    What an experience! Going past dark, without my husband in tow, would have been such an awful feeling! I am so glad you persisted and came out safer and wiser, more of a journey than a hike! The main point is, despite all obstacles, you conquered, so kudos to you!!

  11. Prasad Np says:

    That hike looks an interesting one, the rocks have a lot of crevices and I am glad you brought the point of torch light a lot of us neglect it not realizing that how fast it gets dark outside in wilderness….
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  12. Sara Broers says:

    Wow~ What a hike! I hope your ankle healed up fast. Unfortunately, I learned early on about running out of the necessities while hiking. Once it happens, you do your best to never let it happen again. It’s a good reminder to have a flashlight on hand, as you never know when darkness may set in. It looks beautiful and I’m glad you got to experience it.

  13. amanda says:

    some great tips and some beautiful shots – well done!
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  14. Nathan says:

    Great list- I’ve never done a desert hike like this before but these are some great things to keep in mind. I think I need to start doing more basic hikes before I jump into a desert hike. Otherwise, I might end up in a bad situation!

  15. This hike looks incredible! I love hiking and may have a chance to visit Israel at the end of February! It’s always good to challenge yourself to take more adventures, and I try to do that myself constantly!

  16. Well done in trying and as for the mistakes, everything is always easier with hindsight. Keep going with the weight loss (I’m down 60lbs and almost at goal) – you can do it!
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  17. Yesss, extra snacks would be a must for me! All great tips, thanks for sharing. Looks like a beautiful part of the world :)
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  18. Wow, that is one tough hike! Congrats for making it and sharing these epic pictures with us. I admire your determination.
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  1. January 15, 2017

    […] This hike was short (7km out and back) and non-technical. No pressure to go faster or get back by sunset, with plenty of breaks to take pictures and drink water. It was fun and leisurely and exactly what I needed to restore confidence in my judgement after last month’s harrowing disaster adventure. […]

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