.....along with a friend, on 17 October we started Shvil Israel, from EILAT to ARAD (the desert part of the trail). BUT....there was ......SUMMER TEMPERATURE (37- 38 ° C !!!!). This was not planned! Despite my good shape, I immediately felt great fatigue , and at the end of the first day I decided to come back at EILAT, and I went to JOSEFTAL HOSPITAL for a medical examination. The doctor found ..."a severe kidney failure most probably due to severe dehydration". After 2 days hospitalization, the doctor sed: 2 - 3 weeks REST and good fluid intake, follow up in home clinic, nephrologist follow up. I think that it happens because - walking from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m, I drank .....only.....3,5 liters of water (probably....6 liters at the end of the day). After 2 days at the EILAT beach......I come back in Italy. Next year I shall come back in Eilat again, to walk the Shvil Israel fron Eilat to Arad, following these precaution:
1) reach the same shape of this year (for training...from july to october 2015 I walked total 350 km, 8.000 m. altitude difference, almost 25 kg backpack)
2) adequate acclimatization (spend 4 days in Eilat before start Shvil)
3) drink 6 liter water every day
4) start Shvil .....3 weeks later, about at 10 november 2016
5)......pray MY GOD!!
I've been 6 times in ISRAEL, I LOVE ISRAEL AND ITS PEOPLE !!
Thank you very much in advance for your comments!