I basically did this segment:
finishing the day at the campsite next to Har Yo'ash. While the first day is around 14km of hiking, you go up around 1000 m throughout the day! I finished fairly early (around 1430), but was quite exhausted and happy for some rest. Overall, I really enjoyed the first day - the landscapes and views of Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were breathtakingly beautiful, and I was surprised by the amount of flowers seen (not typical for the desert).
Below are some photos from the first day.
My pack at the field school
the first trial marker
view over Eilat
There were lots of flowers along the way
These trees were seen throughout the walk
unfortunately some dust got in the camera - hence the black marks in the images . . :(
Egyptian army base across the border
My tent - "no-squito". I did not open it before setting off. It was mostly see-through, so did not do much against the cold / wind. I am guessing it would have been good to stop mosquitos / flies, but there were none.
Sunset from the campsite
Eilat at night