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Ascent of Jabal Umm ad Dami on 2010-04-02

Climber: Robert Murray

Others in Party:Leslie
Guide Omar
Date:Friday, April 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jabal Umm ad Dami
    Location:Jordan
    Elevation:1854 m / 6083 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Leslie and I climbed this mountain (the highest in Jordan)during a week vacation traveling through Jordan. To access the mountain you have to cross 35 kilometers of desert. So we hired a local Bedouin guide with 4 wheel drive and to guide us on the mountain. The Bedouin are historically a nomadic desert people who still live in tents for the most part. However, today in Jordan they are required to send their children to school. We found our guide through a web site http://www.rumguides.com/. Our guide's name was Omar and was a nice guy who spoke english very well.

Our trip started at 9 am in Rum Village where we met our guide. We set off into the desert which is now a National Park heading south towards the Jordan/Saudi border. I had a GPS point from a guide book where the climb is to start. I tracked our progress to the mountain as a double check to ensure we were going to the correct mountain. The ride through the desert was very enjoyable as the desert was blooming ( this past winter they had rain). The last part of the drive was a bit challenging as jeep was climbing through sand and across dried stream beds. There were a few other vehicles at the base of the mountain. The route was not obvious as we snaked up the north side of mountain. There were a couple of class 3 sections. The mountain is mostly barren rock, however we did see some Blue Agama lizards and a large mouse at the summit. The views from the top were good although a bit hazy. We could see into Saudi Arabia to the south. We met some nice people on the summit from the UK and Austrialia with another guide from the same company. After the climb we found shady place for lunch. On the return trip across the desert we drove through some beautiful canyons to a rock bridge which I climbed to the top of. We returned to the village about 4pm.

We coupled with this trip a visit to the Dead Sea and to The lost city of Petra. Jordan was a surprise for us regarding the possibilities of hiking and climbing. Further reading Jordan, Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons by Di Taylor and Tony Howard. Published by Cicerone. You can see some pictures under http://www.trailguru.com/wiki/index.php/Track:C1LO
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:444 m / 1457 ft
    Distance:2.7 km / 1.7 mi
    Grade/Class:Class 2 some 3 secti
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Guide
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:444 m / 1457 ft
    Distance:1.4 km / 0.8 mi
    Trailhead:1410 m / 4626 ft
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.4 km / 0.8 mi
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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