Jor­dan Climb­ing Lo­gis­tics

Climbing - - JORDAN -

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.

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