Jordan Climbing Logistics
Getting There: To reach Jordan from the US, fly Royal Jordanian Airlines from Chicago, New York, or Detroit ( or Europe) into either Amman or Aqaba. From Amman, rent a car and drive north 90 minutes to the sport climbing in Ajloun, or three hours south to Wadi Rum. If flying into Aqaba, rent a car or take the bus ( 1 hour) to Wadi Rum.
Season: While Jordan is climbable yearround, September through November and March through May offer the best temps and least amount of precipitation.
Guidebooks: For the sport climbing in Ajloun, visit td-adventures.com/jor-
dan-climbing-topo/. For climbing around Wadi Rum, buy a copy of the 2010 edition ofTreks and Climbs in Wadi Rum or scroll through various online trip reports for more current information.
Etiquette: Jordan is a Muslim country, and while the social mores are more liberal around Amman, plan on alcohol being unavailable elsewhere. Western women are treated as “honorary men.” Both sexes should wear modest clothing, particularly in rural areas like Wadi Rum.
Amenities: A small corner store sells some staples in Wadi Rum, but it’s best to bring crag snacks with you from elsewhere. If you hire the Guides of Wadi Rum service ( guidesofwadirum.com), they will provide food, showers, camping, limited Internet, and transportation to the bases of the formations. On a rest day, make sure to check out Petra, two hours north of Wadi Rum.