This guidebook to Jordan describes a variety of walks, treks, caves, climbs and canyons in this wonderful landscape, based around Pella, Ajloun, the Dead Sea Hills, Dana, Petra and Wadi Rum and covers Jordan's newly-created nature reserves. It describes 150 routes in Jordan - half- to one-day walks and multi-day treks, including 30 canyon routes and 5 climbing areas, 24 desert and mountain walks and scrambles in Wadi Rum and information on how to get to Jordan, when to go, what to take, and everything you need to know about the routes. From its flower-carpeted meadows in the north to spectacular canyons with fast-flowing rivers, and from ancient cities to towering mountains, caves and vast deserts, Jordan has something for everyone.
Tony Howard started climbing in 1953 and has climbed in most north African and Middle Eastern countries from 1963 onwards, and climbed and/or trekked in Greenland, Canada, America, South Georgia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Madagascar and Iran. He was a founding partner of Troll climbing equipment in1965. In 1984 together with Di Taylor he founded the adventure travel consultancy N.O.M.A.D.S. (New Opportunities for Mountaineering, Adventure and Desert Sports), when they discovered the climbing potential of Wadi Rum in Jordan.
Foreword by HM Queen Noor al Hussein of Jordan Preface to the second edition Thanks to all concerned Permissions Introduction History The people and places that inspired the book Environmental and Cultural Awareness Culture clash Who's who? Cultural tips for travellers The environment - a plea from the authors Environmental tips for the traveller The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature Visitor code How to make a booking Wildlife in Jordan What sort of birds might you see? What animals might you see? The Lie of the Land Geographic and historical boundaries North Jordan The Dead Sea Hills The Dana Area The Petra Area Wadi Rum and the Aqaba Mountains On the Move Going to Jordan Getting in Where to go When to go On the road Accommodation Other Things Worth Knowing Holidays and holy days Language and communication Money matters Food and drink Water Clothing and equipment Mountain biking Guides Maps Maps and topos in this guide GPS Be prepared! In an emergency Using this Guide Route descriptions Grading of walks and treks Grading of canyons Caving in Jordan Grading of caves Rock climbing in Jordan Grading of scrambles and rock climbs North Jordan The Jordan Valley Hills The Ajloun Area The RSCN Ajloun Woodland Reserve The Yabis and Pella Area The Yarmuk Area The North Eastern Desert RSCN Nature Reserves in the Northeast Around Azraq The Capital Area RSCN Dibeen Forest Reserve The King Talal Dam Area Around Amman The Northern Dead Sea The Dead Sea Hills The Madaba Area The RSCN Mujib Nature Reserve The Karak Area The Dana Area The Northern Dana Area The RSCN Dana Nature Reserve Shaubak Area The Petra Area Petra The Northern Approaches to Petra The Western Approaches to Petra Jebel Harun and the Southern Petra Area Humeimah Wadi Rum and the Aqaba Mountains Wadi Rum The People of Rum The Rum Protected Area The Rest House Area Jebel Rum, 1754m Jebel um Ishrin, 1753m Eastern Rum Burdah, Khazali and the South North of Rum The Aqaba Mountains Caving in Jordan Climbing in Jordan The Saqeb Area The Ajloun Area The Karak and Shaubak Areas The Petra Area The Wadi Rum Area The Aqaba Mountains Appendices 1 Guides and Adventure Tourism Operators in Jordan 2 Relevant Reading 3 Some Useful Arabic/English Words 4 Climber's Glossary 5 Index of Routes 6 Place-name Index 7 Index of Maps in the Guide 8 Animals and flowers of Jordan