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French Route, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
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Elevation: 5,706 ft
GPS: 23.254, 56.999 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Toby Foord-Kelcey on Jan 9, 2011
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A spectacular isolated mountain on the edge of the Rub' Al Khali (Empty Quarter). The large steep face on its south side is thought to be the tallest in the Arabian Peninsula (1000m ++). Across the valley from this face is additional established climbing on other large (up to 700m) shadier cliffs: Jebel Asait, Jebel Asala, etc.

Climbers have been visiting, especially from Europe, since the late 1970s and put up many routes. Almost all are serious long trad climbs with very limited (or zero) fixed gear. The French Route (or "French Pillar") is the original and most obvious line, and probably gets the most ascents. There is one mostly-bolted line, Make Love Not War, on the giant vertical face right of the start of the French Route but is is likely not pure sport climbing - trad gear needed also.

Currently there is no print guidebook. But paper topo and future guidebook drafts are available; ask at omanclimbing.com

There is an online topo for the French Pillar. See page for that route.

Getting There [Edit]

Drive north into the mountains from the Ibri-Bahla road. Misht is exceedingly obvious and visible from long distances.

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