Climb and Fly

Paragliding in Wadi Rum

Here is a short list of “flyable”, easy, routes around Rum, with the direction they face and some beta of where to launch and what to watch for etc. If you have flown a route, and want to add it here, or have any other relevant info,  fee free to be in touch. The Coordinates provided may be approximate, as I did not always have a gps with me while up there.

Jebel Rum
Eye of Allah
Takeoff: From the top of the East Face, the best is a SE facing Ramp
Co-ords: 29.580063 035.410712
Wind:  East (SE – NE Possible)
Notes: Morning is best, the prevailing afternoon wind may be over the back.

Hammad’s Route
Takeoff: The takeoff is from Hammads Domes.
Co-ords: 29.5772748 035.4096626
Wind:  East (SE – NE Possible)
Morning is best, the prevailing afternoon wind may be over the back.

Pillar of  Wisdom
Takeoff: From the top of the Route
Co-ords: 29.5736611 035.408805
Wind:  East (SE – NE Possible)
Notes: Morning is best,  so make an early start and top  out and launch  before lunch – eat in the village after the flight as the prevailing afternoon wind may be over the back.

West Pillar (The Jebel Rum Traverse Flight)
Takeoff: From the top of the Skree / Granite
Co-ords: 29.573322 035.3813507
Wind:  W – SW
Notes: Afternoon is best. On a good day it is possible to gain height to cross Jebel Rum and reach Jebel Um Ishrin with ease before coming down to Rum village, of going XC

Jebel Um Ejil
The Beauty
Takeoff: From a short scramble above the top of the Route
Co-ords: 29.5820848 035.4386524
Wind:  West
Notes: This take-off faces the prevailing wind in Rum, and is often flyable until sunset.
Soaring up in afternoon conditions can get you well above the highest peaks.
Video: Climb & Fly – Wadi Rum

Jebel Khazaleh
Al Lassik
Takeoff: From the domes South of the Bridge
Co-ords: 29.5125223 035.4295317
Wind:  North
Notes: The top of  the route may be in the lee side if the prevailing west wind is blowing, take the time to go to the summit and check the true wind direction before flying from here.

Jebel Burdah
Burdah N Ridge
Takeoff: From the domes above the route on the way to the summit
Co-ords: 29.4728498 035.5017026
Wind:  West
Notes:

The Dune
Co-ords: 29.4495035 035.5257327
Wind:  West
Notes:  This is an afternoon site for the prevailing westerlies. It can have an outstanding evening valley release, lifting you to cloudbase at sunset!
Take care of the wind gradient! It can be much stronger higher up than at the top of the dune, and this is exaggerated by the bowl shape of the surrounding mountain, which venturi the wind up this face.
Video: Al Waleed