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Jebel Banat

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Jebel Banat (Mountain of the Lady) lies to the North East of St Katherine’s. It is an easy 2.5-hour
walk from the small town of Zeituna. Zeituna is a 5 min taxi ride back out along the road out of
St Katherine’s. Mohammed knows the area well and it is advised to use him as a guide.
The walk in is slightly down hill the whole way and camels can almost make it all the way to the
camp. Camp in the valley at the top of the main steep boulder field in a sandy hollow. The
bouldering is great and a bouldering mat should be brought. The sun is on the camp from 07:00
to about 14:00. The camp can become windy in the afternoon.
The climbing is generally all on the east face and the routes climb up on great rock. The lower
right hand end to the face has some classic long single pitch routes. An abseil is needed to access
the base of the Northwest face. The abseil is about 45m long and it goes from a large thread in
one of the pools at the top of the waterfall line. Abseil tat is needed to set this abseil up.
To descend off the summit requires over an hour of walking and should be done in the light
unless you have done it before. It is not straightforward

Access

From Abu Sila village, northeast of St. Catherine you head over Naqb Fariea into the wider Farsh Fariea and over Bustan Birka will descend into Wadi Nogra. Before hitting the Waterfall Sid Nogra in that valley, head over left towards Jebel Banat and then you'll have the options to either ascend via the hiking route or descent down to the shoulder of the NW face or you rappel on a thread in the Waterfall area 45m down to the very bottom of the NW face.

In this Sector:

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Name
No in Topo
Pitches
Grade
Length
Bolts
Anchor
Description
Setters
year
Banana Bread
1
12
6c+
477
trad
Sonnerdale, Pike
2004
Nord Verschneidung
BT1
11
6a A1
300
trad
Frei, Gadi, Yutty
1978
Mole Route
1
3
5b
130
trad
Adam Ghani, Alex Nicholson
2004
North West Face
2
9
6b+
500
trad
Dave & Richard Sonnerdale
2004
Jebel Banat Nordsporn
BT2
9
5a
trad
Frei, Gadi, Yutty
1978
The Fabulous Baker Boys
2
4
6b
trad
Dave?
2004?
Cold heart of stone
3
7ish
trad
Dave & David Barlow
Feet are for dancing
3
6
6c+
150
trad
Dave?
2004?
The Youth
4
6
6b
trad
2004?
Walk like an Egyptian
5
trad
Richard Pike
2004?
Walk like an Egyptian direct
6
trad
Richard Sonnerdale
2004?
Possum magic
7
5b
long
trad
Dave Lucas, Melissa Nesbitt
2004
Alex's Route
8
trad
2004?
Palestine
9
10
6b+
375
trad
Hornby, Sammut
2007
Jerusalem
10
13
6b+
430
trad
Hornby, Sammut
2007
Call of the Wild
9/10
7
6a
240
trad
Geoff Hornby, Susie Sammut, Adam Ghani
2004
Rough Rider
11
3
6c+
35
trad
Sonnerdale, Dutson
2004?
Smooth operator
11
2
6c+
60
trad
Pike, Sonnerdale
2004?
Old Boot
12
2
7b
60
trad
Pike?Sonnerdale?
2004?
Mel&Tim
13
3
6c
trad
Mel, Tim
2004?
Third time lucky
14
5b
45
trad
Pike, Ghani
2004?
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