🧗‍♀️🇯🇴 Rock-climbing in Jordan, all you need to know about best areas and routes + 💌 Mapo Tapo email collection

Mapo Tapo Newsletter #6


๐Ÿœ๏ธ Desert calling: all you need to know for climbing in Jordan ๐Ÿง—๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด 

Try to search "Rock-climbing in Jordan" on Google ๐Ÿ”Ž...Did you find what you were searching for? Not too many results, right?  ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ


In this newsletter, I will give you all the resources to kick-start the planning of your next climbing trip to Jordan: ๐Ÿš€

Rock climbing in Jordan: ๐Ÿ”Ž Overview 

Nomadic Bedouins have been scrambling the sandstone peaks of Wadi Rum for centuries. Around 1984, Tony Howard and a group of English climbers arrived and began to develop hundreds of new traditional routes to complement the numerous โ€˜Bedouin roads'.

ยฉ Anita Sane

Sabbah Atieq was one of the original guides for Tony Howardโ€™s early explorations. Two of his sons, Mโ€™sallam and Sulieman, operate a rustic desert camp and welcome climbers to stay with them in the village. Sulieman will be your host and guide during the Mapo Tapo trip Jordan - The Authentic.

๐Ÿš€ There are more than 600 routes in Jordan - 250+ just in Wadi Rum. The rock is prevalently sandstone and the majority of routes are multi-pitch and trad climbing routes, with only a few exceptions that use bolts. 

  • 82% of all routes a Trad and require your own gear placement.
  • 18% of all routes are Sport and are bolted.

โœ… Although routes require experience with gear placement and rope management, the climbing is really accessible to all levels. Most of the routes are in the 4th a 5th grade. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

๐ŸŒŽ The best areas for climbing in Jordan are: Wadi rum; Ajloun; Madaba; Amman; Tafilah; Irbid; Petra.


๐Ÿ“… If you are planning a visit, the best period is in Autumn. Spring works too. โš ๏ธ Avoid Summer and Winter.



๐Ÿ”ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด PS. If you're wondering about travel safety, Jordan is a fairly Safe country. There is a stable government and they welcome all tourists in the country ensuring their safety. Check your government's travel website to see the latest updates


More info about climbing in Jordan. Make sure to save this list ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ


๐Ÿ“ Blog ๐Ÿ‘‰ Desert calling: exploring and climbing in Jordan

๐Ÿง— Trip ๐Ÿ‘‰ Jordan - The Authentic

๐Ÿฅพ Trip ๐Ÿ‘‰ Jordan Trail - 6 days

๐Ÿ˜Ž Local expert ๐Ÿ‘‰ Xander Bianchi (he helped us writing the article)

๐Ÿง— Climbing routes ๐Ÿ‘‰ The Crag website; UKC Climbing webiste; A selection of 20 routes and 3 Bedouin roads

๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Climbing areas ๐Ÿ‘‰ Map and climbing ethics

๐Ÿ“š Guidebook ๐Ÿ‘‰ Thierry Souchard: Rock Around the World (180 multipitches from 7 destinations around the world)

๐Ÿ“š Guidebook ๐Ÿ‘‰ Mapo Tapo: The Climbing Travel Guide (50 best rock climbing destinations around the world - no topos)


Best routes not to miss ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ 

โœ… Easy/intermediate routes, up to 5 pitches, with short approach:

โœ… Intermediate routes, with >5 pitches, and longer approach:

โญ๏ธ Super classic route, not to miss โžก๏ธ The Pillar of Wisdom (6b) is a classic 11-pitch route (400m) not to be missed. All pitches except the last one grade in the range 4 to 5+. The last pitch, the crux, is the only 6b. At last, there is a mind-bending descent that is nearly impossible to on-sight without a hand-drawn map from someone whoโ€™s done it before.

Katie Keeley on one of the final pitches of Lionheart (6b+), one of the most notorious multi-pitch crack climbs in Wadi Rum. ยฉ Nelson Klein


โœจ If you'd love to start planning your next adventure in Jordan or elsewhere in the world, we are here for you, just fill the form below and let us know ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘‡

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