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I got back on Sunday from instructing on a week long single pitch style course for the Shabab Sahra Climbing Club who are based in the amazing climbing mecca of Jordan’s Wadi Rum. The invitation was give to us from Al Sutton who works for Operation Mercy Jordan and Experience Jordan. He is currently heading up a number of projects in Wadi Rum and one of them is working to see the Shabab Sahra Climbing Club members continue to develop as climbers and instructors.

 

Matt and I are Mountaineering Instructors and, both having lived and worked in Morocco, love opportunities to see young climbers from the Middle East and North Africa be further equipped with skills need for both personal and professional climbing ventures. We were joined by two excellent staff from Climbat Amma (great climbing wall in the capital). Marwan and Rad were fantastic translators and are both top climbers in the Jordan climbing scene. Many thanks to them for their patience and their input during the week – we couldn’t have delivered the week without them. It was great to see the climbing scene in Jordan is producing top climbing – I belayed Marwan on his 8a project! He is not far off just needs a bit more power/endurance to get the redpoint.

 

 

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We were based north of the capital Amman, in the small town Ajloun for the week where there is some well developed sport climbing. If you are headed that way and are looking for a place to stay and a great local guide to take you on some of the scenic hikes in the area, then look no further than Eisa Muhmoud Dweekat. We stayed at his gite and his hospitality and warm and friendly spirit made the week. Oh and the food was superb… authentic Jordanian food 🙂 I think Matt and I came away from the week with a few extra kilos from all the lovely food!

 

 

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Also, the young guys from the club were a great bunch to teach! We covered a lot of ground during the training week: trad protection, anchor systems, releasable abseils, problem solving on single pitch crags etc.  The guys handled it very well and they got their first trad leads in during the week. The next step for all of them is to get out and do a lot of trad climbing as well as single pitch group days. We are hoping to be out next year some time to give some further training.

 

Here are a few more photos:

 

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