Type: Trad, 3 pitches
FA: W. Colonna, A. Howard, D. Taylor '86
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Shared By: Dana Hawlish 1 on Mar 7, 2018
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The complete Towering Inferno has been free climbed in the mid 5.12 range as i understand it. However only the first 3 or so pitches are commonly climbed and referred to simply as "Inferno." Inferno has some of the best rock we encountered in the Rum, and the climbing is excellent on all three pitches. The route climbs a varied crack on the front side of a small pillar on the east face of Jebel Rum. Two pitches lead to the top of this pillar, and another leads up a faint left trending crack system. This last pitch is outstanding. Two ropes to rappel.

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Two sets of cams and nuts.

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Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
Mia and I tried to climb the full 'towering inferno'. I managed to free the pitch after the 3rd belay, but pulled a huge block down, almost severing my ropes. After evaluating the next anchor, which consisted of 3 drilled pitons (one removable by hand), in some of the worst rock we'd found in Wadi Rum so far. We decided we'd had enough and made a sphincter clenching retreat.

I remember the climbing up to this point being very nice for wadi rum, without the obligatory 'death pitch' which every other route had. Oct 30, 2018