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Caroline George and Team Make First Ascent of ‘Uprising’ in Jordan
Posted on February 24, 2011

By Caroline George; photo by Jim Surette/

We achieved our goal here in Jordan, putting up a new route in a really remote area on more precarious rock. The route is 700 feet long, hardest pitch is 5.11b, and we named the route “Uprising,” in view of the events in the Middle East. We had a few other names in mind, since the base of the route is littered with full metal jacket bullets and the wall scarred with getting hit by them. We topped out as the sun was setting down and rappelled by headlamps in the dark.

It was a full team effort: Sarah and I led all the pitches. The leader would lead with two ropes, fix one rope for Jim to jug up and film the second person following the pitch. The person would climb dragging yet another rope for Adam, who would stay at the belay and hand drill bolts for anchors, thus being respectful of the ethic here, which is of drilling without drill machines.

We bivied under the route and hitchhiked a ride back to Wadi Rum around noon today, with the only car that drove by the whole day.

Stay tuned for the full story and more photos!

Author: - Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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