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10 Challenging Adventure Trips for Climbers

Wadi Rum, Jordan

There is a certain appeal to desert climbs. Particularly if you've spent a lot of time summiting in ice and snow, desert environments provide much appreciated warmth and sunshine. If this sounds appealing to you, plan your next climbing adventure to include Wadi Rum, Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the foremost desert climbing destinations in the world [source: Bible History Daily].

Given the amazing trekking, rock climbing, canyoneering, and exploration that are available in Wadi Rum, this is sure to be an amazing adventure trip with spectacular scenery that includes sand dunes and sandstone rock formations. Tourists flock to the remote and unspoiled desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, though most are there for the Bedouin experience, not the climbing challenges. Located just 44 miles (70 kilometers) to the north of Aqaba, Jordan, it is an easily accessible adventure trip [source: Wadi Rum].

And if the amazing climbs of Wadi Rum don't leave you exhausted, be sure to allow time for a camel ride through the desert to mingle with the Bedouin tribes of the area, known for their warmth and hospitality. These locals are also best equipped to discuss the geographical and ecological features of the region, so they serve as good sources of climbing information [source: Bedouin Guides]. You might also decide to make a side trip to one of the many archeological sites in the region, some of which date back to prehistoric times [source: Bible History Daily].