Süre  14 saat 10 dakika

Koordinatlar 44832

Yüklenme tarihi 19 Şubat 2018 Pazartesi

Kayıt tarihi Şubat 2018

1.164 m
338 m
30,08 km

1374 kere bakıldı , 32 kere indirildi

yakınında: Yinas, Raʼs al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)

This route was based around exploring Wadi Zebat (Razor), and it was certainly worth it. Wadi razor for me is now among the best i have seen in the region. It is just endlessly filled with varied and exciting drops, scrambles, pools, inspirational views, greenery and perfect lighting.

Importantly, this shear concentration of features in this wadi, as well as the very poor GPS reception, means that I can't guarantee 100% accuracy in the way point placement or if i have missed anything, but hopefully this relatively accurately documents what we found.

Due to us exploring the unknown, we took in enough equipment to make the route reverseable, leaving the ropes in places as we explored, so that we could return. We found various work-arounds for the big drops, so therefore I would say this route can be done with no ropes, but I would grade it as M-E, with high exposure. (For the meaning of abbreviation on grading, check the bottom of this description.)

Due to the large pack weights we had (Enough to do 2 x 50m drops and additional scramble ropes) we set off from Sal village, to avoid having to gain much height. Therefore in the future with the adjusted pack weights I would set off from a closer location (ghail). the largest drop was 45m which was 'the ugly drop'.

For Grading I shall split this route into 4 sections:

Sal Traverse up until Ghail Village - T-M
Sal Traverse from Ghail to Wadi Razor - T-VD
Wadi Razor - Canyoning - M-D (M-E without ropes)
Wadi Razor to Wadi Ghail - T-D

Section 1: Sal Traverse up until Ghail Village

This section took 1 hour 20 miniuts at a regular speed, and goes up to way point 7. This has all the signs of a well used historic path which has more recently began to disappear. This section alone would make for a nice walk (T-M), and has some really nice views of wadi Sal and the mountain village of Ghail. It is easy quick terrain.

1. Initially from the track head up a zig zagging path. This leaves the track as the track turns back on itself and heads north west to the village. Follow this relatively clear path up to the abandoned village at the top.

2. At the top, step through a lowered gap section in the wall, and turn left. A path heads along a rocky ledge. At times this path is very clear, at other times it vanishes. But as long as you aim to loose or gain no height you usually find it again.

3. After zig zagging in and out of some small dry streams, you will get to way point 4. Turn left and head along steeper ground, again keeping your height to get up out of the wadi.

4. Repeat the above at waypoint 6, again working your way up onto the flatter ground, and over looking the village above.

Section 2: Sal Traverse from Ghail to Wadi Razor

This section is slow as you have to circumnavigate the top end of Leopard Canyon. It took 3 hours 20 to cover roughly double the distance of Section 1.

1. At waypoint 8, the quick progress made before here comes to an end. An awkward scramble down after some height gain, brings you into the wadi. just above a fork in the wadi. If the scrambling is too hard, move further up, as it gets easier the further up the wadi you go.

2. Cross over the forked river section, and clamber out of the wadi to the left, making back the ground you lost. This section has little shade, so if required the few large bolders could be used.

3. At waypoint 10. Again there is another wadi to cross. Turn and head up the wadi to hold onto your height as much as possible.

4. At waypoint 11, cross the final wadi before getting up to Razor. This is the longest section, but nothing was too hard. Aim as directly as possible for waypoint 12 which sits at a low sadlle point on the ridge.

5. From waypoint 12, head straight down the wadi in the same direction. This will grow and have a number of easy steps to clamber down, then joining the main wadi and leading to the gateway to wadi razor, where large cliffs make a sharp V shape, making it very clear where to go.

Section 3: Wadi Razor - Canyoning

Due to time we didn't walk out of the wadi to wadi Bih at the end, however we got to a key marker point which marked the end of the completely committed section, and there are two routes a short while after exiting on either side (although these will need exploring/confirming also)

From top to bottom I have named the key features in the following order (As best as I can remember! There was so much to take in!)

1. The Ugly Step - This a 45 meter abseil, in three stages. A messy top 3rd with awkward footing into a crack. A perfect middle section at a steep angle and a sharp vertical bottom section into a dry plunge pool area. There is a walk around route, that we were only able to find after seeing a clearer view from below. There is a tree at the top of the drop that made for a good anchor. On the Western Wall of the wadi above the tree there is a very sharp dry stone stairway. You need to scramble up the first 10m to find it. Once here, there is a narrow exposed ledge that traverses around the wadi wall, followed by a stairway down. This is made clear by many black polished marks from goats scratching the rock away.

2. Just around the corner is 'Bowl Step', a large plunge pool area. This involves a moderately exposed scramble to the right hand side (looking down the wadi).

3. Slate Steps - lots of horizontal lines, hence the name, make another step just after Bowl Step. Easy scramble down the center.

4. A long straight section of the wadi sits between Slate Step and Razor Step. You can see all the way down the wadi and the cliffs on the other side of wadi Bih. This section has some large bolders that require clambering over, and it is by no means an easy walk.

5. Razor Step - This is the hardest section of the route. It is a 20m climb in a very narrow section of the route. All the marks that show where people or more commonly goats have been disappeared, and we were unable to see if there was a continuation of the route going somewhere along the wadi walls. They were sharp with no obvious ledges, so it left us committed to Razor Step. It was possible for some of us to down climb but with high risk, and others required a rope for this section. On the way up more so, it requires awkward squeezing and body wedging in the cracks to work your way up. A rope therefore makes it a lot easier, as an aided ascent. >>> In removing ropes from this section it is highly likely that people may not be able to get back up <<<

6. Cascades - A set of small drops and small pools link together with a lot of exposed ledges to work your way down. Again the paths that we could find seemed to be set by goats, as the ledges were narrow and often involved crawling under low ceilings. We stuck either to the centre of the wadi, or the right hand side (heading down). The lines in the rock stay horizontal and the wadi drops away, so try to get lower wherever possible.

7. Pools - A set of large pools, getting ever less green as you work down lay along the next section directly after the Cascades. Same advice as above.

8. Quad-Step - Some hard scrambling to get down 4 large drops that come straight one after the other. We turned around at various points on this section. A scramble rope would be good here for most people.

Section 4: Wadi Razor to Wadi Ghail.

This section takes average moving groups about 3 hours.

1. After coming out of Razor, look imeadiatly right (NW) and head up the rocky/scree slope at a constant steep gradient all the way to the tree at the top. It is not the most exciting part of the route.

2. Once at the top keep your hight and continue in the same direction. You will pass a village on your left. Very shortly after this you will get to the top of Wadi Ghail.

3. There is a path from here to the main section of wadi ghail. Follow these cairns down. It twists and turns but there is seldom more than a few meters between markers. A large tree makes for good shade half way down this section.

4. Once at the main wadi, it's a long slog back to the track at the bottom. It takes about 2 hours from this point.


T = Trekking
M = Mountaineering

E = Easy
M = Moderate
D = Difficult
VD = Very Difficult
X = Experts Only

T-E = tracks, paths etc.
T-M = rocky terrain, hopping over rocks etc, with lack of obvious path
T-D = Easy Scramble Sections, steep sections, with no path
T-VD = Scrambling - Use of hands
T-X or M-E = Scrambling - Hard with exposure
M-M = Climbing - Use of ropes for moving together or descending
M-D = Climbing - Use of ropes, with Belay or abseils which which are a must at 1 or more sections
M-VD: Requires lead climbs on vertical sections
M-X: The scary stuff.

01 - Start Point

Top of the track before it turns west to the village

02 - Village


03 - Bend


04 - Wadi


05 - Bend

Jebel Qada'ah

06 - Wadi


07 - Bend


08 - Bend


09 - Leopard Canyon West

Steep Slope Down to a fork in the wadi

10 - Bend


11 - Leopard Canyon East

Dağ geçidi

12 - Ridge


13 - Main Wadi


14 - Top of Razor


15 - The Ugly Step


16 - Bowl Step and Slate Step


17 - Razor Step


18 - Cascades


19 - Pools


20 - Quad-Step

Dağ geçidi

21 - Top of Scree


22 - Main Path


23 - Top of Twist


24 - Bottom of Twist


25 - Top of Track

2 yorum

  • Fotoğraf: Kozyriev Oleksandr

    Kozyriev Oleksandr 21.Ara.2019

    Hi Ben,
    Do you have any adviсes on what to expect from wandering into Oman territory on such borderline treks and meeting Omani military or police. Is it somehow regulated or they are ok with this?

  • Fotoğraf: Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 05.Oca.2020

    Generally the borders in the mountainous areas are only marked with very spaced out cement stones (trig-points). The location of these borders is varied according to the different on-line maps and reality also. The local population historically quite freely roamed this area, and I believe it has been kept open partly due to this, as families associate there routes differently to the border placement. So long as you were to come down on the same side as you go up, I can't see there being much issue. Caveman Arnaud is the person to talk to about this if you need the details of the local tribes and boundaries.

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