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The west face route


First ascensionists' grade:

HS 4b

Max estimated grade:





First Ascent:


Dave Lucas, Melissa Nesbitt

Year of FA:


# of bolts en route:



Start at a prominent groove/crack which leads up to a terrace line below and right of the chimney system which breaks the right hand side of the face.

Route description

Jebel Abu Mahshour West Face


An entertaining meandering line. It is worth looking at the face straight on in the morning light to identify key features before stating up.
1) 5m. Gain the ledge at the foot of the groove.
2) 50m, 4b. A lovely pitch up the groove.
3) 90m, 4. Follow the terrace easily leftwards, past a large boulder and across the foot of the huge chimney line to blocks below the end of the arching fault in the centre of the face.
4) 30m, 4a. Gain the arch in a zig-zag using sharp edged cracks.
5) 60m, 4a. (can be split). The arch. An akward move to start then easier to the foot of a well defined chimney groove.
6) 30m, 4a. Up the chimney groove to a break in the right wall where a prominent dyke cuts across the face.
7) 85m at least. A weird pitch following the dyke rightwards above the prominent overhang. The standard is easy and moderate, but very porely protected. The belay at the end is hard to find and may result in being poor.


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