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Megtekintve 1636 alkalommal, letöltve 61 alkalommal

közel Shāh, Raʼs al Khaymah (United Arab Emirates)

Jebel Yabanah sits towards the South Eastern end of the jabal bil ays ridge line which forms a crescent moon shape, and surrounds wadi Shah, which feeds into Wadi Bih. The ridge lines eastern side defines the border, and gets progressivly narrower, sharper and more rugged as you move south.

Jebel Yabanah sits somewhere between 4606ft / 1404m and 4830ft / 1472m depending on your source (3668ft / 1118m According to GeoNames), with a distinct twin-peak with neither being clearly the higher of the two. Three Ridge Lines converge at the Eastern Peak, with the Western Peak sitting on the steep western ridge which this route descends.

Peakery: 4606ft / 1404m
Mapcata: 4682ft / 1427m
Google and Open Cycle Maps: 4772ft / 1455m
My GPS: 4830ft / 1472m

From the Jebel Jais Road at the bottom of the valley (Wadi Shah) the Ascent/Descent on this route is 3690ft / 1125m. The actual time taken was 13 hours 25 minutes at a medium pace, and the route was 21km in length. There are plenty of camping possibilities on the Plateaus surrounding the summit where many farms and villages are placed.

Most of the route is a Moderate Walk. The summit section from the northern side is a Difficult walk. The ropes came out for the western descent, which had 1 clean abseil, 1 messy and 1 rope assist, hence I have classed it as Mountaineering. The rest of this section is an exposed scramble, with a set of steps, and some good exposer. Doing this section in reverse would be Experts Only, purely for dealing with the clean abseil section (the rest I have reversed). The Descent, via Wadi al Fah is then a Moderate walk, with a stairway and narrow ledges at the top of the wadi pushing up the grade.

On the attached images I have drawn on 1 image, 2 thick red lines. These mark 2 key steps in the mountain. Between these is a generally easy undulating terrain with farms on, as well as just below it. However these two steps have vertical cliffs almost all the way along of 10 meters in height and more. The gaps in the red lines are key routing bottlenecks that need to be hit.

The route is made up of 8 key sections:

1. Wadi Shah - Up and out of the wadi - (4km - 1 hour 20mins)
2. Wadi Shah - Up to the Farms - (2.8km - 1 hour 20mins)
3, Jebel Yabanah - Plateaus and the Step (2km - 2 hours)
4. Jebel Yabanah - The North Ridge (3km - 2 hours 30mins)
5. Jebel Yabanah - The Western Ridge (1.8km - 3 hours)
6. Jebel Yabanah - Western Plateau and Farms (1.6km - 50mins)
7. Wadi Al Fah - The Stairway (1km - 25mins)
8. Wadi Al Fah - The Descent (2.8km - 1 hour 30mins)
(Road Section - 2km - 30mins)

Wadi Shah - Up and out of the wadi

Starting just down from the Main road, on a sandy track next to a newly built stone building, head east up into Wadi Shah. Follow the track sticking right and it will divide (02 - Track Junction) off taking you you to another set of buildings/farms. The path is clearly worn away and easy to follow, however finding the start of the path out of the wadi is tricky at night. (03 - Bottom of Path). The path weaves on the micro and macro, with little sense of direction, opportunistically finding solid ground and steps in the cliff side to navigate up. It works its way back around overlooking wadi Shah once more where it eases off and turns south. After a couple of minutes you get to a clearly level traversing path to continue further up the wadi. (05 - Top of the Steep Section). Here is where, on this specific gpx file, I camped, on the large flat rocky slabs overlooking the entire wadi. Stunning.

Wadi Shah - Up to the Farms

Follow the Wadi edge south, on an almost completely flat path, weaving perfectly around the hillside. Quick progress makes this easy section finish all too quickly, and you will find yourself walking through a V gap in the mountain. (06 - the gap). From here you will slowly drop a little height to the wadi again, but this relies more on the wadi gaining height and coming up to meet you. You will meet the wadi (07 - Wadi), where you cross over, and work your way up another steep windy section, but with a well maintained dry stone built path, it quickly works its way past another steep section of the wadi. This is a small section in comparison to the previous uphill section. Follow the wadi up, and the wadi splits twice into tributaries; stick to the left around way point 8 (Bottom of the steep Section). Here a water tank/pump can be seen on the side of the wadi. After this point it is a steep persistent trek up to the top of the wadi and onto the plateau. This is about 1km of sustained zig-zagging up through the scree, and took about 45 minutes. It has a clear finishing point, when you meet the plateau. This is a key resting spot as shade can become hard to find from here on.

Jebel Yabanah - Plateaus and the Step

Once on the Plateaus, you can see villages to your left and right. At the time of year this gpx track was taken this area was covered in Grass and wild flowers, with many insects buzzing around the flowers which carpeted the landscape. One of the prettiest things I've seen in the Region; so clean; so simple.

We followed the path left and arrived at a farm house, still very much in use, with green fields surrounding it. This marked the spot where the path stops. (Way point 10), however a few little hints along our travels from this point on show that we were still on a used route. From the Farms we headed South East around the Eastern side of the peninsular in the ridge line making some height. A wooden post seemed to mark a route at top of the ascent from the village.

Traversing around the hillside, with the 'Lower step' close to our right hand side, we continued until Way point 11 (The step) where the cliff was reduced down to no more than 10m in height. A diagonal break in the rock, and narrow staircase which may have been a partially man made, made for an easy climb up. Once head up onto the top of the slope and you will be looking down onto the 2nd Plateau level. Drop down onto the flatter wadi basin loosing only a small amount of height. At this point, turn and head North East directly up a gulley to Waypoint 12 (Top of Wadi Shah). This last section is the beginning of the summit section, upgrading from trekking to scrambling.

Jebel Yabanah - The North Ridge

From Way point 12, traverse the mountain side, avoiding loosing any height. On your left is another tributary to Wadi Shah, which I have used to ascend for the "Wadi Shah and Ghabib Ridge" and although more direct has some serious scrambling to get past 'The Lower Step'. Once at way point 13 (The Border Ridge Line), it's a solid straight line of scrambling to the summit, with Wadi Bih to your left, and Wadi Shah to your right.

It is possible to go directly from Way point 11 up to the ridge, meeting up some way between 13 and 14 by working your way up the bolder field, however we kept the ascent gradual. For this section try to stick to the true ridge line as often, sticking with the strata of the rock, it pushes you off onto the highly exposed eastern edge of the ridge.

The summit, as stated in the opening section, has 2 peaks of which I'm not sure which is the highest, with my gps getting exactly the same reading (to the foot) and they sit about 1000ft / 300m apart, with 100ft / 30m of prominence to be lost and gained. This section is physically easy, but mentally tiring having spent so much time reaching the first peak!

Jebel Yabanah - The Western Ridge

I have further broken this section down into 7 sections specifically for the climb/scramble, which are shown in the attached images of the descent ridge.

1) A steep scramble with a few 5m steps. We moved together on scramble rope.
2) An easier scramble section then follows. Stick to the south side of the ridge line.
3) You will arrive onto a large Square stone sitting on the ridge. This is the 'Upper Step' and marks the crux. We dropped off the Southern side of this buttress down a clear crack line with a large bolder at the top, encircled by the sling I left behind. (It was too sticky to retrieve the rope from the rock).
4) Another easier section of scrambling now links the two abseil sections. Again stick to the southern side of the ridge.
5) This section is very messy, with loose rock, so it was more of a scramble/climb while having a backup rope which I was reluctant to fully load. This point marks the highest spot I reached when exploring ascending this route on a previous trek. Although I did climb up it, Seeing the Buttress (Abseil) section ahead we realised ropes were needed)
6) The scrambling section, with many steps and high exposure. Stick more generally to the ridge of the arête, as it narrows in. If steps appear to large, usually there are easier ways down on the Northern side of this section.
7) The easier bottom section is a walk/easy scramble and takes you down to the a perfectly flat end section of the ridge. (Way point 16 - Step)

From here on, it may be possible to continue along the ridge and have a large abseil down past the 'Lower Step', however without the time to experiment we U-Turned at way point 16, and with a few tricky steps/down climbs we traversed back around the northern side of Jebel Yabanah, meeting the top of the semi-solid scree at way point 17 (Top of Scree) and headed straight down to Way point 18 (Bottom of Scree).

From here on there are multiple options. I have in the past gone directly from here back to Way point 9 and back down to Wadi Shah. You can also easily head back across to Way point 11 (the step), via the farm house directly in front of you at the base of the scree slopes.

Jebel Yabanah - Western Plateau and Farms

This section is fast and moderately easy. Initially a little tiring on the ankles as we traversed and tried to hold our height, however once at way point 19 (farms on the ridge) it was a smoothly rolling landscape, and a fast and easy section linking up a few large farms, again walking through large areas of grass and flowers. These farm houses offer some of the first guaranteed shade spots for a long time on the route. Continue until way point 20 (Top of Stairs) to complete this section.

Wadi Al Fah - The Stairway

Much like the stairway to heaven route, but a little bit smaller scale, Dry stone masonry work has linked together the steps in the cliff. Each step in the cliff continues laterally either way after the stairway on and off of it, so be careful not to literally get sidetracked. Way points 21 and 22 mark the route through this.

Once at the bottom of the stairs 1 step in the cliff is used to traverse all the way around the top of the wadi. It is a few meters wide (10ft) and is very comparable to Mallam Cove (Yorkshire Dales, UK), with a sheer vertical cliff face on both sides, going up to your left, and down to your right. Again the step in the cliff continues further around than where the stairway joins, so if your coming from the other direction don't walk right up until the end. Once at the end of the traverse, you walk immediately onto the top of the rocky semi-solid bolder-scree lined valley side that will take you all the way down Wadi al Fah. This is at way point 23 - start of the traverse.

Wadi Al Fah - The Descent

This final part of the trek to the road has 3 distinct sections.

Firstly head from Way point 23 to way point 24, traversing while loosing some height. There is a path, but it's hard to follow at times. This will take you all the way down to the base of the wadi.

From here the path has clearly been washed away at times, so although easy to visually follow, it is sometimes hard to physically follow. Without following it too literally, head past some water sections and date palm trees until you come out onto a clear flat open section with a large green field at the end.

This is the start of the final section with a moderately well marked path working it's way through the bolder slopes down to the road. There are usually cairns throughout, and frequently, so if your not seeing them, your generally not on the path. Following these does save a noticeable amount of time.

Finally at the end of this section a set of cemented steps are squeezed between the right hand cliff side and a large rock. These steps are probably the steepest steps I have ever gone up/down, and they should be treated like a ladder. This is about 5 minutes from the road, and the end of the wadi. The remaining section of the route can be avoided with 2 cars, or if you are returning back down, and is the road section back to wadi shah.

Although this is a long route, with various challenging elements, I hope many elements of it can be cut and pasted together for aiding general navigation on this side of Yabanah!
Waypoint

01 - Start/End - Parking

Waypoint

02 - Track Junction

02 - Track Junction
Waypoint

03 - Bottom of Path

Waypoint

04 - Bend in the Path

04 - Bend in the Path
Waypoint

05 - Top of Steep Section

Waypoint

06 - The Gap

06 - The Gap
Waypoint

07 - Wadi

07 - Wadi
Waypoint

08 - Bottom of Steep Section

08 - Bottom of Steep Section
Waypoint

09 - Top of Steep Section

09 - Top of Steep Section
Waypoint

10 - Farms

10 - Farms
Waypoint

11 - The Step

11 - The Step
Waypoint

12 - Top of Wadi Shah

12 - Top of Wadi Shah
Waypoint

13 - The Border Ridge Line

13 - The Border Ridge Line
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14 - Peak

14 - Peak
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15 - Peak

15 - Peak
Waypoint

16 - Step

16 - Step
Waypoint

17 - Top of Scree

Waypoint

18 - Bottom of Scree

18 - Bottom of Scree
Waypoint

19 - Farms on the Ridge

19 - Farms on the Ridge
Waypoint

20 - Top of Stairway

Waypoint

21 - Bend in the Stairway

21 - Bend in the Stairway
Waypoint

22 - Bottom of Stairway

22 - Bottom of Stairway
Waypoint

23 - Start of the Traverse

23 - Start of the Traverse
Waypoint

24 - Bottom of the Screen Slope

24 - Bottom of the Screen Slope
Waypoint

25 - Start/End

25 - Start/End

15 hozzászólás

  • Fénykép arnaud Laviolette

    arnaud Laviolette 2018.01.19.

    Dear Ben,
    Thank you for this amazing trail shared, i must say it is very enjoyable and i genuinely loved it.

    The stairs towards the plateau is really hidden your way point is accurate therefore it was easy to find.

    I wouldn't recommend this for beginners though unless they are with experience mountaineers.

    They should try it as its just amazing.

    Thanks again

    Arnaud

  • John Frankish 2018.02.11.

    Did part of this walk a couple of days back - it is possible to "contour" around from "Waypoint 9 - Top of Steep Section" directly to "Waypoint 19 - Farms on the Ridge" and then descend the stairway into Wadi Fah.

    The above makes the hike a very pleasant 6 hour loop and well worth doing.

    The stairway is a little difficult to find and you need to keep finding stairs and going down until you can traverse the cliff about 2/3 of the way down it.

    A few weeks ago, I traversed the top of the cliff to find that there is no sensible way down, resulting in a couple of metres fall into Wadi Fah and bashing my face on a rock :(

    Thanks for highlighting a great hike.

  • Fénykép Ebrahim Alnuaimi

    Ebrahim Alnuaimi 2019.04.11.

    I have followed this trail  ellenőrzött  View more

    I did the trail today and was in my plans since last year thorough Wadi Shiha and back to the village in same way back. However, from summit I did a shortcut going downhill in the canyon it was better than the traverse walk. The hike nowadays is absolutely wilderness trail washed out and scenery was terrific wow couldn’t ask more. Now I am at village overnight. Thanks Ben, and Arnaud for calling Ben.

  • Fénykép Ebrahim Alnuaimi

    Ebrahim Alnuaimi 2019.04.20.

    My small gift to you
    https://youtu.be/mS6-o7eU9F4
    Hope you like it

  • Fénykép Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019.04.21.

    Thanks for this Ebrahim. Watched it, and Part 1 also. Great to see the trail information being used and appreciated! Good to know that the gully route between the twin peaks is a viable descent option as well. I may use this for a rope-free route in the future.

  • Fénykép Rania elalami

    Rania elalami 2019.11.03.

    This was Insane! We attempt it yesterday with Shan and the route was intense got Rocks climbing parts and the wall-edge passing was terrifying no ropes/ no helmets lol finishing Full Loop was truly a mad mission ! Thanks for sharing this route with us Rob

  • Fénykép arnaud Laviolette

    arnaud Laviolette 2019.11.03.

    Rania,
    This route is so well described by Ben and a guide should be able to carry the basic PPE’s and put safety as a priority this is the reason Ben took the time to write all down including pictures, map . Leading groups is a serious responsibility. We are glad you made it home safely. Ben have the best described route in the region with amazing info the have an accurate trip planning. Stay safe out there

  • Fénykép Rania elalami

    Rania elalami 2019.11.04.

    I agree Arnaud! We were playing abit the tough game but the route was amazingly awesome a full exciting adventure. Ben did an amazing job in putting together all points and happy we followed his path and finish it as champs with @Shan.

  • Анри 2019.11.14.

    Ходил один с тяжелым рюкзаком. Палатка спальник Коврик. Никакого альпинизма на маршруте нет. Если это альпинизм, то я испанский летчик. Маршрут сложен физически. Кое где идешь колени у носа мелькают. Спускаться труднее. По дороге есть пещерка с собаками летающими.

  • Fénykép Path Finder

    Path Finder 2019.11.27.

    hey Ben
    i'm planning to do this as a trekking trail, but i have some questions.
    can we do it without ropes? and if we can't, what is the lengths of the ropes needed?
    and is it easier than STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN?

  • Fénykép Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019.11.27.

    Hey Path Finder,
    I used a 30m rope for this. It can be done without ropes, but you need to head down the northern gully and not do the western ridge as on this route because of the 'upper step' (referred to above), as well as a messy scramble just after. Excluding the ridge and probably the gully it's about the same as stairway. Like stairway mostly it's walking, but there the northern border ridge line and then the descents are steep with varied exposure. There is the the actual stairway in al Fah, which is easier than stairway in litibah with less exposure.
    I am looking at trying this peak around the end of the year/ beginning of the new year if you are interested.

  • John Frankish 2019.11.27.

    @Path Finder - see my comment of Feb 11.

    No ropes required and a grand day out.

  • Fénykép Path Finder

    Path Finder 2019.11.27.

    thank you for the information.
    sure i'm interested, but still not sure if i'll be in town or not, that will be clear after 2 weeks.
    keep in touch :)

  • Fénykép Ben Robbins

    Ben Robbins 2019.11.27.

    Check this image: https://www.wikiloc.com/mountaineering-trails/jebel-yabanah-19615637/photo-12287845
    The gully descent heads left/downwards in the left of the image which I presumed is the one John used. The ridge follows the line right. The step in the middle (marked with the black section line) is around a 15m drop to scale it up. (30m rope was for retrieval, so you could maybe do it on a 15m with a prussic/crab retrieval cord.

  • Fénykép Ebrahim Alnuaimi

    Ebrahim Alnuaimi 2019.11.27.

    Ben ,
    I would like to join you at the end of year if you are going this trail.

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