Hiking is to Israelis as playing soccer (futbol) is to South Americans… or as dipping in ice water is to Russians. It’s just what they do.
So there isn’t really a word in Hebrew that communicates the rigors of hiking. Instead, a hike is usually referred to in the broader sense of the word טִיּוּל (tee-YOOL) – leisurely trip – and a hiking trail is called מַסְלוּל הֲלִיכָה (mahs-LOOL hah-lee-KHAH) – a walking course.
Why do I write this today? Because by the time most of you will be reading this, I hope to be hiking in the Golan. Perhaps I’ll have some pictures for you next week.