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.
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.
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.
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.
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.