(Photo Walter Neser - see www.wadirum.net)
The above photo is of the East Face of Jebel Rum just behind the Resthouse and the climbs marked on it are the following (from left to right) : IBM, Towering Inferno, Revienta o Burrita, The Inshallah Factor, Raid mit dem Camel, The Red Sea.
Wadi Rum is a internationally renowned centre for climbing and climbers come here from all over the world to climb on the sandstone cliffs.
The Bedouin in Wadi Rum have always climbed and many of the visitors look at the "Bedouin routes" with some respect. Although classed as "scrambles" these routes represent a challenge, or at least an enjoyable day out, to any climber and when one considers that the Bedouin climbed without ropes or any aid equipment, often alone, one realises just how skilled they had to be.
Today the local guides are highly competent to lead parties on these routes. Wadi Rum Mountain Guides are specialists in climbing and scrambling. Attayak Aouda in particular has attended a course in Plas y Brenin in North Wales and often climbs in the French Alps. He has also done a course on mountain rescue in England and tries every year to visit different countries in Europe to climb there. Attayak Aouda climbs to grade 6c and Attayak Ali is happy at grade 5+
Although they are professional guides, as a service to climbing in Wadi Rum, WRMG will give all assistance to new visitors on their arrival in Rum, with help on settling in, advice on suitable climbs and providing contacts for drivers to the more distant climbing spots. No charge will be made for this help.
Independent climbers can check out all the information about climbing in Wadi Rum by clicking the Climbing link in the top menu or using the sidebar links.
The information on this and many of the following pages is thanks to Jordan Jubilee and the references refer to this website.