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FRI NIGHT VID: Developing Wadi Rum

Our Friday Night Video this week takes us to the desert sandstone paradise of Wadi Rum, Jordan. Eliav Nissan is a regular in Wadi Rum and has been working with a local climbing guide to develop routes which will attract more climbers to the area. The film features stunning aerial shots of the big walls, amongst the climbers getting to grips with some of the challenges of developing such a vast area.



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Interesting reading the thoughts of others - I must have become inured/blind to bolts in my old age, even though I'm more of a trad climber (well, about 50/50 I suppose, at last count) Robert Durran is rather modest -...
Couldn't agree more Rob. I've never been but still feel developing this place in this manner is wrong. I just read something about it in Rock and Ice, so expect more and more of it.  Attracting more climbers aside,...
I was quite exited about watching this, having visited Rum last autumn. I wasn't able to climb due to a prior injury, and have been planning a return since. But the approach they took made me a bit sick, for the points...
I think this is probably true and Rum does seem to have become a free for all. Whether there is a consensus among the local Bedouin climbers and guides for or against bolting is unclear - I have heard opinions both...
It's sadly not just Wadi Rum. Some Austrians have recently started to 'develop' an area of the Karakoram at around 4000m with single pitch sports routes a day's trek and 1000m ascent from the nearest village. They've...
My thoughts exactly; there is a danger that the whole feel of the place from a climbing perspective will change and that every wall and Jebel will be dumbed down by a bolted descent. It would have been wonderful if Rum...

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