It is approaching high summer in western Oman – one of the driest times of the year on the Arabian Peninsula. But all I can hear on this May morning is the sound of thunder as a deluge of water rains down on me. It is not a freak squall that is causing the cacophony and soaking me to the bone. Rather, the noise is a consequence of being suspended a quarter of a way down a waterfall with only a rope preventing freefall onto a foreboding array of giant boulders 15-meters below.
Through the din, I can just about make out instructions from above. “Try to relax. Put your trust in the line,” says the voice, which belongs to Hamid, my guide. Prior to my descent, I pottered around the top of the drop that marks the start of the canyoning route through Wadi Tiwi – one of the surprisingly lush river courses that wind their way from the rugged Hajar Mountains and down to the Gulf of Oman.
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