Elevation: 3,466 ft
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Shared By: Gunkswest on Mar 25, 2019
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Access Issue: Entrance fee required; you are also supposed to register with the Tourist Police if climbing Details

Description

Jebel Rum is the looming peak on the right (south) as you enter Wadi Rum Village. When standing at the Rest House as you first enter Wadi Rum Village, the large, varnished face about 1/3 of a mile behind the Rest House is Jebel Rum. This is where famous climbs like Black Magic, Goldfinger and Towering Inferno are located. The cliff faces roughly east and is in the shade in the afternoon.

A classic outing is to traverse Jebel Rum via two Bedouin routes, spending a night on the summit. It's best from a safety and logistical point of view to hire one of the local Bedouin guides for this classic adventure.

Getting There

After you clear the entrance gate to Wadi Rum Protected Area (5JD in spring 2019 or free with the Jordan Pass), you'll drive about 5km to the village of Wadi Rum. The first thing that you'll encounter as you enter the village, is the Rest House on the right. There will likely be a bunch of traffic and congestion here with buses and tours.

To access the climbs on the E face of Jebel Rum, either walk or drive from the Rest House over toward the cliff. There is a walled area below the cliff that contains the remains of an ancient temple, built by the same people who created Petra. Most climbers walk atop the left exterior wall of the protected area toward the cliff (it's easier than walking on the sand).

From the back wall closest to the cliff, follow a trail up to the base of the escarpment. The trail switchbacks up thru the talus. As you near the cliff, the trail becomes less distinct. Head up and left, aiming for a weakness in the small cliffband below the actual wall. Scramble up thru the small cliffbands to the base of a huge, right facing corner. From here, you can access several routes or scramble up and right a bit more to reach Inferno, Troubador or Goldfinger. Total approach time from the Rest House to the base of a climb is about 20 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Jebel Rum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 6
Pillar of Wisdom
Trad 17 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Goldfinger
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 3
Black Magic
Trad 7 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Flight of Fancy
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Towering Inferno
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 5
Lionheart
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pillar of Wisdom
 6
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 17 pitches
Goldfinger
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Black Magic
 3
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 7 pitches
Flight of Fancy
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Towering Inferno
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Lionheart
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 8 pitches
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