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Dmitry Kuzin, Alexey Antonov, Mikhail Khomenyuk

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the route starts in the gap between the first and second peaks of Safsafa and is well visible from the village. From the village to the beginning of the route 20-30 minutes. The beginning coincides with route N3. Arba Vakhetzi. Move in azimuth due east)).[Misha]

Route description

NW Face


Older Topo of NW Face


From israeli wiki:

N19:Scala del Cielo; N8:Geissenpeter; N18:Elio’s Route; N5:Black Dyke; N2:The Skull; N7:Com kal; N6:The Mask; N4:Klostersporn; N14:Via del Papa Giovanni Paolo 1; N20:Saturday Night Fever; N11:Warsaw - Tel Aviv Direct; N16:Via del Papa Oct'87 variation; N12:Non-Stop (Warsaw’s variation); N15:Grand Hand Traverse (Papa's Variation); N3:Arba VaKhetzi; N13:Bonch; N1:NE Ridge of Safsafa; N17:Darkness at Noon; N10:Why not?; N9:Geissenpeter (variation)

The route along the obvious beautiful fault of the left peak

P1. 50 -60 m. III - IV. Up the fault, in some places the fireplace is easy climbing. Station on a large [slab].

P2. 50m. III-IV. Up the fault to the expansion. In front of the complex fireplace, go left to the slabs with rich relief. The station is on a [slab] before the beginning of the crack leading up.

P3. 60m. III-IV. Up the crack 10m. IV, then return to the right into the rift, and again go left, bypassing the fireplace with the cork III . Move until smooth.

P4. 120m. n.c. Up the crack on foot. Take left at the top.

P5. 60m. II - IV. On the rocks of the left side of the fault, go under the base of the fireplace, cutting through the summit tower.

R6-8 120m. IV - V. Up the fireplace to the top. It's impossible to get lost here. Climbing in places V. Rocks destroyed in places. Periodically come across shelves more or less suitable for the organization of the station.



From the top go down to the right to the saddle. From the saddle move to the right and slightly up, going around the top bastions on the left, and focusing on the tours. Climb a little to the right up to the platform between the rocky towers. From here, to the left, you have a view of Mount Moses. Go down the couloir towards Mount Moses to a small monastery. Turn around the monastery on the left and go out onto a paved path leading from the gates of the monastery to the foot of Mount Moses. From here, go down the Monk's stairs to the left to the monastery of St. Catherine - a standard tourist route. In addition, it is possible to go to Wadi Arbain, turning off the paved path onto an inconspicuous path to the right, or go down to the road between the village and the monastery of St. Catherine, turning left from the first monastery into a rather steep gorge.[Misha]

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