About me

My Name is Walter Neser. I first went to Rum in 1997, and have been going there ever since. When not climbing, I do research and conservation work on Vultures, and also double as a designer and test pilot of paragliders.

July 1999

I am currently living in Haifa, Israel, but I am originally fromSouth Africa. I moved to Israel in May 1996 to work forApco Aviation as a designer and test pilot of Paragliders. I have recently left this job to climb “full time”. I married Maria Marinov in June 1999 and we climb every winter in Wadi Rum as much time as is allowed by her study & teaching commitments.

October 2002

Due to the recent political developments it became more difficult for us to visit Rum on a regular basis, but things seem to be stablizing now. We retuned to Rum for the first time in two years in September 2002, and plan another trip soon.

May 2006

Its been a while and many visits to Rum since my last update on this section, and a lot has happened to me since. The mountains in Rum remain unchanged, access and the village has changed a little, and I am now again based in South Africa, after a two year stint in Ghana, while Maria is back in Israel, and visiting Rum on a regular basis during the winters.

June 2018

I moved back to Israel in 2017, after working in the US from 2006 – 2010 and then at VulPro in South Africa from 2010 – 2015, and I am now back to climbing in Wadi Rum every winter.