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Summary

Winter sun climbing October to April on dry granite. Trad climbing in St Catherine, sport climbing in Dahab, bouldering everywhere. Plenty of new routing potential. Climb only or combine with diving.

Description

Rock climbing in Egypt is in South Sinai, clustered around Dahab and St Catherine. It's perfect winter sun climbing from October to April on dry granite. Hundreds of trad routes in St Catherine, mainly long multi-pitch crack climbs, all grades. Sport climbing and excellent bouldering in Dahab. Sport routes up to french 7b. +400 bouldering problems of every level and variety inc projects. Plenty of new routing potential. Added bonus of climbing here is that there is world-class scuba diving and freediving in the Red Sea.

Access issues

Bedouin guide required in some areas, recommended in all. Very inexpensive, supports local people who have few other employment opportunities, and will massively enrich your stay here. Ask for a guide who works with climbers, in Dahab there are also some Bedouin climbing guides. They're great cooks and drivers, they have camels to get you to the more remote climbs, and you'll make friends for life.

Approach

Fly to Sharm El Sheikh, taxi to Dahab (1 hr) or St Catherine (2.5 hrs). Book taxi in advance, it will be cheaper and much less hassle.

Where to stay

In St Catherine, there are several Bedouin Camps inc Fox Camp. Dahab is on the Red Sea coast with a mix of everything from Bedouin Camps to resorts

Ethic

Please. No bolting in St Catherine. This is a National Park and UNESCO world heritage site. You might see some old bolts, don't replace them. And no climbing Mt Sinai or Katrin - be content with the pilgrim paths. For sport climbing, please contact desert-divers.com, they have a plan for opening the climbable wadis and are always looking for experienced route setters to help.Other than that, just standard ethics and common sense

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see Sinai Rock Climbing Guide, download free pdf from desert-divers.com

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