/ NEWS: Tunisia's First Sport Climbing is Born
"With the support of the local caving club, of Petzl and of the French CNDS (National Centre for Sports Development), we bolted twenty-five new sport routes (from 4a to 8a), and four multi-pitch routes (from 6a to 6c). This sparked the founding of the first Tunisian rock climbing club in Zaghouan..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67305
Good Job! just when you think that every route out there has been done you realise that there are whole countries with probably hundreds of undeveloped crags in them.
That 8a looks fantastic. Also looks pretty runout.
I had a close look at these cliffs when I was last in Tunisia in 2008 and was very impressed before some plain clothes security service heavies in leather jackets started to take an unhealthy interest.
I'm not at all surprised this area's been developed; it was only a matter of time. The whole setting's superb too. Tunisia's potential for climbing is huge, with big undeveloped limestone cliffs in the south and south west as well.
It'll make for a far more adventurous sun rock destination than the Costas!
Good effort. Congratulations to the team who put all this work in.
2 years ago I did a few new routes in Greece in a very remote area that no one will probably visit for a long time. Ah well.
Now I'm feeling about ready for another thrash with the bolt gun and fancy being involved in a great looking new area like this where the routes will surely see plenty of traffic.
What's the deal with others wanting to come and contribute new routes?
What's the best time of year to visit?
The Djebel Zaghouan is part of a National Natural Park and there is also some military zones.
Before doing anything like bolting new routes you'll need the authorisation from the authorities.
Do you need permission if you are going to use natural protection in the best tradition of rock climbing? If not possibly we need more of these "authorities" to protect the world's wild places
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