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Jordan By Di Taylor

Jordan by Di Taylor

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A guidebook to the superlative routes found in Jordan's Nature Reserves. It describes walks, treks, caves and climbs.

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Jordan: Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs, Canyons in Pella, Ajlun, Moab, Dana, Petra, Rum by Di Taylor

The authors have been climbing and trekking in the mountains of North Africa and the Middle East for well over 30 years. They were responsible for the discovery in 1984 of Wadi Rum in south Jordan as a climbing and trekking area and wrote the guidebooks to that area. Since then they have returned to Jordan every year, always managing to find some time to explore other parts of the country between world famous sites of antiquity such as Petra, Pella, Ajlun and Kerak. They were also invited to document the superlative routes to be found in Jordan's recently formed Nature Reserves, in particular the mountains and canyons of Dana and Mujib and, once again, in their favourite desert area of Wadi Rum which was declared a National Park in 1998, a status they had long fought for, in support of the local Bedouin people. It is rare for a book of this nature to describe such a wealth of previously unknown and varied terrain, but their discoveries reveal an unexpected land of forested hills, beautiful dales carpeted in flowers, huge canyons sometimes with fast-flowing rivers, recently discovered caves, perfect limestone cliffs in wooded valleys and high mountains with lunar landscapes. This book not only gives descriptions to well over 100 routes, almost all previously unknown, but also indicates many still unexplored areas for those who wish to make their own discoveries. It gives information on how to get there, when to go, what to take and everything you need to know about the routes. In so doing, it offers you an opportunity to see and experience a country of great antiquity and previously unsuspected remarkable beauty, making a plea to respect the land and its people, both largely unspoilt by tourism.

About Di Taylor

Di won her school's 'Victor Ludorum' for Sport in 1958 when she also started climbing. Since then (as well as running a small-holding with a full complement of livestock including the family cow) she has climbed in the UK, Alps, Dolomites, Norway, Spain and Madagascar as well as making first ascents in England and most areas of the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, she has been on caving, canoeing and rafting trips and trekked in the Himalayas, southern India, Nagaland (north east India) Madagascar and Thailand. Following some years in design at Troll climbing equipment, Di is now in partnership with Tony Howard in n.o.m.a.d.s. (see Tony Howard). They discovered and developed the climbing and trekking potential of Wadi Rum in Jordan, their activities being the subject of a BBC film. Other projects include carving nesting sites into overhanging sea cliffs for the critically endangered Moroccan Bald Ibis and developing adventure travel in Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Libya, Madagascar and India. Di won 2nd prize for Mountain Action photography at Kendal Film Festival and is joint author with Tony Howard of 'Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs & Canyons' and 'Walks in Palestine & The Nativity Trail'. Her photos will be found in other n.o.m.a.d.s. guides, the outdoor press, various travel guides etc. She is frequently away on trips to mountain areas but likes nothing better than to be in the mountains and deserts of Jordan and Palestine with their many friends.

Table of Contents

PREFACE Foreword by H.M. Queen Noor al Hussein Thanks to all concerned Permissions INTRODUCTION About this book Traveller's Trails The people and places that inspired it Environmental and cultural awareness Culture clash Cultural Tips for Traveller The environment - a plea Environmental tips for the traveller The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature Essential information for visitors to RSCN reserves Visitor code Visitors' enjoyment and safety How to make a booking Bird watching in Jordan What sort of birds might you see? The lie of the land Geographic and historical boundaries North Jordan The Mountains of Moab South On the move Where to go Going there Getting in When to go On the road Getting your head down Camping Other things worth knowing Holidays and Holy days Communication breakdown Money matters Food and drink Clothing and equipment Mountain biking Guides Maps Maps in this guide Be prepared! Help! About the routes Route descriptions Grading of walks and treks Grading of canyons Grading of scrambles Grading of climbs Grading of caves LET'S GO! North Jordan The Jordan Valley The Northern Highlands The North Eastern Desert The Capital Area The Mountains of Moab Madaba Area The RSCN Mujib Nature Reserve The Kerak Area South Jordan The Tafileh Area The RSCN Dana Nature Reserve Shaubak Area The Petra Area The Hisma Wadi Rum Wadi Araba MAPS 1. RSCN Nature Reserves featured in this book 2. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 3. Areas and route locations 4. Jordan Valley and the Northern Highlands 5. The Yarmuk Gorge area 6. Zubia Cave approach 7. Zubia Cave 8. Wadi Yabis 9. Ajlun to Pella 10. Sami's Cliffs, Ajlun 11. The Capital area 12. The Moab Area 13. Wadi Zerqa Main & Wadi 14. The RSCN Mujib Nature Reserve 15. Wadi Wala and the Hidan Gorge 16. The Mujib Gorge 17. Wadi ibn Hammad 18. Wadi Numeira 19. South Jordan 20. Selah, Buseira and Dana area 21. The RSCN Dana Nature Reserve 22. Dana to Feinan 23. Dana, Feinan, Shaubak area 24. The Petra area 25. The Petra Basin 26. Petra, northern approaches 27. Petra to Jebel Harun 28. Petra, southern approaches 29. Wadi Sabra area 30. Wadi Rum cental area 31. RSCN Wadi Rum National Park 32. Jebel Rum 33. Wadi Shelaali and the Rest House area 34. Lawrence's spring, Wadi Shelaali 35. The Thamudic Way, Jebel Rum 36. Sheikh Hamdan's Route, Jebel Rum 37. Hammad's Route, The Traverse of Jebel Rum 38. Jebel um Ishrin area 39. Rakabat Canyons, Jebel um Ishrin 40. Barrah Canyon 41. Jebel Burdah and the Rock Bridge 42. Wadi Rum, southern area 43. Wadi Araba and Humeimah areas APPENDIXES Relevant Reading Background reading Guidebooks Some useful Arabic / English words Topographical words A few other useful words Glossary Index of routes and locations

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Jordan: Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs, Canyons in Pella, Ajlun, Moab, Dana, Petra, Rum by Di Taylor
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