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Jebel Misht Rock Climbing 

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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

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

Getting There 

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

Climbing Season

Weather station 25.7 miles from here

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The line of the cliff. A long route climbing a tricky buttress, then alpine-style ridge, then a complex headwall. It is just possible in a day for a fast team prepared to simul climb easy sections. There are a only a handful of hard pitches.There is a detailed description here:[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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