Altitude 84m a.s.l
The wadi of Stardust (after the goat farm) is approximately 30m wide and 400m long after the goat farm climbing area. There are rock walls on both sides with varied angles and breakages. The rock is limestone with varied levels of weathering. Occasional and unpredictable rock falls might occur so please be alert around the whole climbing area. Wearing helmets is imperative. There are opportunities for hiking into the widening and meandering canyon upstream. You could see a transmission tower on Jebel Jais (25.926836, 56.118219) from the climbing area floor. Also one can find a few shallow caves embedded into the canyon walls.
Stardust is located in Ras Al Khaima approximately 0.5km from the coast inland. As in all outdoor locations in UAE the optimum climbing season is from mid-September to mid-May. The comfortable camping season is October to March. Be aware that humidity is very unpredictable and might impact substantially the atmospheric experience.
The right wall (where all climbing routes are) goes into shade sometime 10 – 11am or earlier in the winter. However some sectors and climbs orientation varies so there might be some differences of shady conditions from climb to climb before the whole wall is in shade. Although the rock dries up relatively fast, it might become more brittle after intense rain (those do come from time to time) so it is good practice to wait a day before climbing.
1. Drive from anywhere in UAE or Oman and take E11 to small local turn at 25°55’59.0”N 56°03’40.0”E (25.933056, 56.061111)
2. Follow the asphalt road as it turns right and left
3. Look for a dirt road turn to the right at 25°55’45.5”N 56°04’00.2”E (25.929314, 56.066723) You will pass by a small store on your left
4. Follow the dirt road passing between two houses and going into the open wadi 25°55’36.5”N 56°04’02.6”E (25.926796, 56.067399)
5. After 3km you will reach a goat farm on your right. Proceed forward as you keep to the right side of the wadi.
6. Apx. 100m after the goat-farm you will see Sector 1 on your right.
7. Park anywhere you feel comfortable (be aware of falling rocks)
This is a very serene and tranquil place. We have discussed our presence with the goat farm owner. He has no objections of us being there provided we preserve the ambiance. The only exception is the presence of dogs. They must be kept away from the farm animals, on leash or better be left at home. We hope we keep the wadi clean and joyous.
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