Climbing in the UAE
5th March 2016
It’s easy for people to say that apart from the highlife of Dubai’s social party scene and hanging out on the beach at the weekends there is not much else to do in the UAE.
This could not be further from the truth. A little drive outside of Dubai and you are in some of the most exciting adventure terrain in the world.
In the winter months there are some really fantastic places to explore and relatively unspoilt because very few people actually make the journey out to investigate.
This weekend I joined a few friends on a trek up in the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK). About two hours’ drive away from Dubai in a remote community lies a series of very rugged peaks. This mountainous area is controlled by local tribes and you see their dotted settlements along the valley.
We took a guide from “Challenging Adventure”, a British company whom have sole licence to operate activities in the area and climbed about 1,200 meters up. The terrain is tough going, no paths, every step there are lose boulders and large open face rocks to climb. It’s extremely exciting and feels uncharted because there are simply no other people on the mountains. The views are spectacular.
You are occasionally greeted by curious goats whom seem quite happy to share their habitat with you – although I could not help think they were rather amused at watching us humans trying to climb perilously over the craggy rocks when they run so freely with incredible balance.
Employee, Lucy Gilchrist