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Jordan Climbing Topo / Cliffs


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Jordan Climbing Topo / Cliffs


“Climbing is a great game- great not in spite of the demands it makes, but because of them. Great because it will not let us give half of ourselves- it demands all of us. It demands our best.”

-Royal Robbins

JORDAN CLIMBING TOPO

The climbing potential in Jordan is limitless! Several crags have been discovered and bolted, yet there are still countless cliffs with beautiful lines just waiting for a first ascent. Work towards developing these new areas and maintaining the current crags is ongoing, and Tropical Desert is at the forefront of these endeavors. Here at Tropical Desert Trips we firmly believe in giving back to the community and making climbing easily accessible to everyone. Below we have are some of the Topos and Maps of areas that we have helped develop here in Jordan. 

The grading system we use in Jordan is the French Numerical System. This system uses a series of ascending numbers starting at 1, with subdivisions of letters to achieve more precise grading. The plus sign is also used to indicate a slightly higher difficulty than normal (Ex. 4a, 5c, 7b+). Basically, the higher the number, the harder the climb. The difficulty of a climb can be based on several factors: Length of the climb, difficulty of the moves, the availability of good holds etc. It is technically an open ended system, but at the moment the hardest climb ever completed rates at 9b+. See below for grade conversions from the YDS.

We love our country and we love climbing, so please take care of the climbing areas! Please carry out all your trash and be respectful to the locals whose land many of these cliffs are located on. For example, try not to play excessively loud music, destroy living plants/trees to make a fire, or walk/drive/park on land that is obviously being used for farming crops. Please be aware that in some areas 1st bolts and anchors have been removed or destroyed by people who either dislike or do not understand what they are there for. We want to cultivate a climbing culture in Jordan that is respected and appreciated by the communities in the areas we climb. 

French Yosemite Decimal   French Yosemite Decimal
1 3-4   7a 5.11d
  5.0   7a+ 5.12a
2 5.1   7b 5.12b
  5.2   7b+ 5.12c
3 5.3   7c 5.12d
4a 5.4   7c+ 5.13a
4b 5.5   8a 5.13b
4c 5.6   8a+ 5.13c
5a 5.7   8b 5.13d
5b 5.8   8b+ 5.14a
5c 5.9   8c 5.14b
6a 5.10a   8c+ 5.14c
6a+ 5.10b   9a 5.14d
6b 5.10c   9a+ 5.15a
6b+ 5.10d   9b 5.15b
6c 5.11a   9b+ 5.15c
6c+ 5.11b-c      








 

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
-John Muir
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Jordan Climbing Topo


Jordan Climbing Topo


JORDAN CLIMBING TOPO

 

Fuhais (the Taamreh Farm Cliff)

20 bolted so far, all first clips are high.

Drive down to Fuhais village from Amman (Bachaloria School road) when reaching the big roundabout take a right, then first left, then second right where the globe with Jordan in the middle is. Down the valley and first left. Drive for aprox 1.5 km and the cliff will be infront of you, around 15m high maximum and 300m line of a solid lime stone cliff.
Most of these climbs are short with few hard moves on each making it a great place to practice, starting from 4+ to 7b, a decent variety of levels. Also after some cleaning of the surrounding great potential for bouldering.

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Sushi: 11m vertical 6a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
Hakim in bed: 11m vertical 6a+ (bolted, wulfgang) first ascend by sushi
Tia: 10m +slab 5b (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
munharifa: 12m vertical 6b+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
Ras khalili: 8m slightly overhang 6b (bolted, Hakim) first ascend wilfried
Darbet shams: 12m vertical 5c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Amjad
Zabet: 12m vertical 6a+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
pillar of bulshit: 8m vertical (bad bolting, under maintinance)
te-rashrash: 10 overhang traverse 6c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Eli
Amn Doleh: 16m overhang chimni and slab 6c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend Wilfried
Mukhabarat: 14m slightly overhang 6c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Torsten
Tlat Sisan Mhanshin: 15m vertical 7a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by …
Abu Salam: 15m vertical 6b+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Amjad
Fun: 7m top rope +slab 4b (top, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim

Abul Helaman: 7m slightly overhang 7a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Torsten

Sumal: 8m overhang 7b (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by ivan

Djibuti: 8m overhang 6a+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim

Wanish: 7m vertical 6b (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Amjad

Galbeh: 7m overhang 6b+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by …

 

Fuhais (Hakim’s cliff)

19 bolted routs so far.

Same road to the first cliffs but keep driving on the road for another 2km until it makes a turn to the right and then left in an open v shape, keep driving and before it goes down to the right you can see the cliffs on the mountain on your left. Park there, hike down and up top reach them. There is an easier aproach from the top but its private ground and we don’t want to bother them since the cliffs are in their land.

Tam Tam Tamimi: 15m vertical 5c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Wilfried ***** First climb in Amman*****

Like a Panda: 15m vertical 5c (bolted, Wilfried) first ascend by Wilfried

French Connection: 15m vertical 6b+ (bolted, Wilfried) first ascend by Wilfried

roman ruins: 15m slightly ovehanging 6a (bolted, hakim) first ascend….

Sharbak Naguaz: 17m +slab 4c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Karen

Naguaz Sharbak: 17m vertical 5a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim….. use sling for 3rd clip around the pilar

Bend over: 12m slight overhang 6a (bolted, Wilfried) first ascent by Wilfried

Crack Bilsus: 12m vertical 6a+ (bolted, Wilfried) first ascend by Wilfried

Mish bil nuss:12m vertical 6b (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim

ramdan kareem:10m slab 5b+(bolted, Roberto & Hakim) first ascend by abud hijazi.

khat fakhem: 17m vertical (bolted, hakim) first ascend by abud hijazi.

ras adnan: 20m vertical 6a (bolted, hakim) first ascend by Hakim

faskhet sidir:18m vertical 6b(bolted, Hakim) first ascend by ziad azar.

elizabeth: 15m overhang: 6c+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by…

wilfried: 13m crack 6a (bolted, hakim) first ascend by hakim

tabten u amud: 8m overhang: 6b+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by sushi

gishrit hayeh: 10m crack 5b (bolted, hakim) first ascend by hakim

yamin latif: 10m slab 5c (bolted, hakim) first ascend by hakim

shmal laa: 12m vertical 6c (bolted, hakim) first ascend by sushi.

 

Irbid(Durmursud)

17 bolted so far.

Drive from Irbid to Ghor (west) using the Shuneh road after passing Qum & Qumem and Hagrah after the second traffic light you pass under a bridge. 3 miles down the curvy road on the right is the old road to Wadi Al-Araba, follow the road and its curves, you will cross a valley with bedouins living on the right side of the road and a big sign on the right of it full of graffiti take a left. 3 miles more there will be archeological sites on the left of the road, if you have a small car park it and take the small dirt road on your left surrounded by olive farms, the road turns around the hill and the cliffs will be on your right if you have a big car drive it but with caution.

 

Irbid1:15m +slab 5a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend Hakim….. first bolt always gets stolen.

Luna: 15m overhang 6a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend Amjad

Bubu: 8m overhang 6a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend Hakim

Mallagat 8m overhang 6a+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim

6in: 12m vertical 4c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim (under maintinance)

Ru7: 10m vertical 5c (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Wilfried

Sweedish Expirience: 10m vertical 5b+ (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Ingrid

Thanx Hashmis: 10m slightly overhang 6a (bolted, Wilfried & Hakim) first ascend by Wilfried

Sahel Jaied: 12m overhang 6b+ (bolted, Wilfried& Hakim) first ascend by Wilfried

Aabata: 15m overhang 6c (bolted, Wilfried & Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
Yelaan Rooof: 15m overhang 7a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by…(not ready)

A Corce man in Jordan: 16m overhang 6c+ (bolted, Wilfried) first ascend by Wulfgang

jardane’s huny: 20m overhang 5c+ (bolted Hakim) first ascend by sufian
head problem…..

ta3jet ragab: 15m overhang (not ready)

shakhet bumeh: 20m overhang 5c(bolted hakim) first ascend by …

beit el bumeh: 20m overhang 6a (bolted hakim) first ascend by …

mowzeh: 15m travers 4c (bolted hakim) first ascend by hakim.

 

Ajloun(Sami’s cliff)

11 bolted so far.

 

Going to Ajloun from Jerash when reaching to Angara instead of taking a right from the traffic light to Ajloun. keep going straight to Kufranja, when you reach the traffic light of Kufranja go straight and drive for around 500m and then take the right that says Musherfeh and then down and right after the three big trees left and down to the river cross the river and up to the left follow the road all the way up after around 1.5 km of driving the road finishes inside a farm with two small brick warehouses. from there hike for around 10 minutes north but more east. you ll find the cliffs on your right unless your on top of them

4+
6b+
6c
5b+
6a+
6a+
6b
6b+
6a+
5c
7a

 

 

Kerak(Wieda Slabs)

5 bolted and 4 multi-pitch with bolted heads so far.

Taking the Dead Sea road to the south from Amman after the two villages of Ghor Haditha and Ghor Mazraa take the traffic light that goes left towards Kerak after around 3 km of driving you cross a small canyon(Weida) on you right the first big multi-pitch climb starts on the right of the canyon. after the canyon drive for 100m and the cliff is on you right.

Khuzug Aswad: 25m +slab 4b (top rope, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim

Hanthala: 35m +slab 5b (bolted, Wilfried) first ascend by Wilfried….2nd and 3rd pitch 4+ trad climbs with bealy stations total 80m first ascend Wilfried & Hakim

Tage3: 30m +slab and traverse 5b (bolted, Wilfried) first ascend by Hakim

Shanku7: 25m +slab and overhang 6a+ (bolted, Wilfried) first ascend by Wilfried

Yellow Submarine: 3 pitches trad belay stations 4+ total 100m first ascend Wilfried

On southern slab 4 heads and two bolted.

 

Jerash(Abu Mahmoud’s cliff)

13 bolted and 1 trad climb and 14 head so far.

 

Taking the road that goes from Jerash to Ajloun when arriving from Amman, after reaching the village of Sakib up hell youll cross a pedestrian bridg after that you take the road on your left that goes down to Ghor and Rajib you drive for like 6km after crossing Sufsafa village you will see the cliff on your left grey and red super nice.

from the right
Namsawi fi Ajloun: 17m 6a vertical and salb (bolted, Hakim) first ascend free solo wulfgang
shuu hath:6a 17m slab (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Sushi
V shmal: 6a 17m vertical crack (head, trad) first ascend by Hakim
titlaa gissa:7a 18m overhang (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by….
ta3rees: 7b+ 18m overhang (bolted, Hakim first ascend by….
Dimitri Twist: 7b 18m overhang (bolted, Hakim first ascend by MarKus …
qabiha: 7a+ 13m boulder move (bolted, Hakim first ascend by….
Jad Awaj: 6b 14m vertical (bolted, Hakim first ascend by Hakim
lerten frata: 6a+ 13m vertical (bolted, Hakim first ascend by Hakim
argonomix: 6a 10m vertical (bolted, Hakim) first ascend Jake.
ghalib: 5c 8m boulder move (bolted, Hakim first ascend Hakim
Ayasrah: 5c 8m boulder move (bolted, Hakim first ascend Hakim
lativa: 5b 10m vertival (bolted, Hakim first ascend sufian
mozet hajar: 5a+ 15m slab (bolted, hakim) first ascend Hakim

 

Ajloun (Tor el ahmar)

6 bolted and 3 trad climb and 10 heads so far.

Taking the road that connect ajloun with irbid arrive the traffic light of zubia and go west towards zubia after 3.10km take west again for 3.78km and take the dirt road on your left for about 200m and start the hike south or east to be on top of the cliffs, enjoy.

from left to right

sharp:6a+ 18m vertical (bolted, hakim) first ascend hakim

toshiba: 6b 18m vertical (bolted, hakim) first ascend izi

red riding hood: 6a\5c+ 28m vertical (bolted, hakim) first ascend hakim

jad fingers: 7b+ 28m vertical overhang (bolted, hakim) first ascend….

abu lamaa: 6a+ 25m crack (bolted, hakim) first ascend sufian

kharbaneh: 7b+ 25m overhang (only head)

marcus: 7c+ 26m overhang (only head)

the three trad routes

nahool: 6a (bolted, Hakim) first ascend hakim

 

Iraq El Dub

70 bolted routes so far

Taking the road that connects ajloun with irbid arrive the traffic light of zubia and go south towards Ajloun at the Shtafena traffic light take a right and drive for 9.7km passing Baun village and at the intersection take a right north and after 500m there will be an olive press on your left park and hike to the right north east and you will be on top of the cliffs.

upper floor
from left to right

Baby cave sector:
( ): 4 short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
happy endings: 5 short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by carissa
( ): 6a short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 7a short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 5 short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 5 short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 7a short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…

Miramieh wall:

( ): 6b short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)
( ): 5b short chimny (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Hakim
( ): 6c short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
balbul: 6b vertical (botled, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
toftof: 5c vertical (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
bandora: 5c+ vertical (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
koigum amnn: 6b vertical (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Amjad
harb: 7a vertical (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Marwan maayta
El Jora wall:
little lion: 8a overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013) first ascend Edu Marin
left of el pilar: 6b overhang boulder move (bolted, RTJ team 2013) first ascend Carlos
el pilar: 5b+ mixed (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Hakim
la pedri: 6a vertical (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by Carlos
jadari: 6b vertical (bolted, Kanfush) first ascend by Hakim
RTJ wall:
hairy: 5c slab (bolted, RTJ team 2013) first ascend by brian coones
sharby: 6b vertical(bolted, RTJ team 2013) first ascend by marwan
shaky legs: 6a+ traverse(bolted, RTJ team 2013) first ascend by marwan

mish galileh: 6b+ vertical, 6c+ overhang (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by….
gal 5: 6b vertical, 7a overhang (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by…
hasideh: 5c vertical (bolted, Kanfush) first ascend by…
( ): 6a vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6b vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6b chimney (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
blatah:7b+ vertical (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by…
buazize: 5c slab (bolted, Hakim) first ascend by…
( ): 4 vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 4 vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 4 vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6a vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 7a vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…

west mini cave
( ): 5 short vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6c short overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6b short overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…

Lower Floor

barabeer wall

( ): 7? overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 7? overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6c overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6b+ overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 6c+ overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by will nazarin
( ): 8? overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 7c+ overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Helena aeman
( ): 8a overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Edu marin
( ): 8b overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 7c overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Edu Marin
( ): 7b overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Miki mas
( ): 7c overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Helena aleman

the CAVE sector

( ): ? vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): ? vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by…
( ): 7b vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Toti
( ): 6b+ overhang/vertical (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Toti
( ): 7b+ overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Helena aleman
la luli : 8b+ overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Edu marin
( ): 6a+ overhang (bolted, RTJ team 2013)first ascend by Brian coones

* RTJ Team 2013: rock trip jordan
toti vales
will nazarin
edu marin
helena aleman
miki mas
brian coones
hakim tamimi