Ein Prat is one of the top climbing areas in the country. There are dozens of great climbs ranging from moderate to very difficult, but as with most of the outdoor climbing in Israel, it isn't trivial. The rock here is exclusively limestone, with the large majority of climbs bolted face climbs. There are a few trad climbs available however. The canyon of Ein Prat allows for a mix of sun and shade, and if you go midweek, there will be almost no crowds. Its close proximity to Jerusalem allows for larger numbers of people on the weekend, but they are probably not climbers. The scenery is stunning - the river is one of the prettiest places around the Jerusalem area. Climbers obviously aren't the only ones who think so, as there is an active monastery in the middle of the reserve. There are a couple of multi-pitch routes, but most are single pitch. A 60m rope should be sufficient.
From Jerusalem, drive towards Pisgat Ze'ev, and drive on Aluf Uzi Narkis road. Turn right at the traffic lights. Continue past the West Bank IDF checkpoint, and follow signs for Anatot (Alamon). From the security checkpoint at the settlement, follow the signs for Ein Prat until you get to the park entrance. Currently, the fee is 27 NIS per person. Drive down the curvy road to the parking lot. If you don't have a car, take the Jerusalem light rail to Pisgat Ze'ev Center, and grab a taxi (55-60 NIS on the meter, but you might be able to get it lower). Make sure you have the driver's number so you can get back when the reserve closes
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Cha-Cha-Cha 5.7+ International : Asia : ... : Club
This route, the right most in the group of three, is a sustained 5.7 (4+ French), with the crux coming somewhat in the middle - essentially a big step up. The top is a little runout, but the last few moves are essentially hard fourth class. It is a really fun beginner route, and a great place to make the transition from lead climbing in a gym to sport climbing outdoors. The view is spectacular from the top, just make sure that you put the centre mark of the rope through the anchors to rappel,...[more] Browse More Classics in International