The West Bank of Palestine, with its bucolic rolling hills, vast deserts, and deep valleys is known for its biblical history and for the modern Arab-Israeli conflict. But rock climbing turns out to be a wonderful way through which to explore this culturally, politically, and historically rich “Holy Land.” The visiting climber can expect to find incredible single-pitch limestone sport climbing in a setting unlike anywhere else in the world. Beyond the climbing, visitors will see and learn about a complex political reality, meet welcoming locals, eat delicious food, and maybe learn a little Arabic!
Palestine has been occupied by the State of Israel for over 50 years. As such, visitors can only access the West Bank by flying into the airport in Tel Aviv. From there, head east to Jerusalem and cross through the Separation Wall into Ramallah, the de-facto capital of the Occupied West Bank. Start off your trip by visiting Wadi Climbing, Palestine’s first indoor rock climbing gym, where you can meet an eclectic mix of passionate local climbers and expatriate volunteers, journalists, and diplomats.