Bouldering in Dahab, Egypt.
What’s there? Vast amounts of solid granite boulders in a beautiful and serene area called Bir Wadi Qunai situated a few kilometers inland of the small coastal town of Dahab, on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.
The climbing: Granite boulders dotted along a gentle 50 minute walk through a shaded valley, mostly lots of highballs and slabs, but also hard steep blocs and roofs. You need to be climbing V4 and up to make the most of what is on offer, but there are easier things around too.
When to go: The ideal season is during winter time, so mid November to early February. You can also climb there in autumn and spring, but you need to avoid exposed sectors & climbing in the middle of the day. There is extremely little chance of rain, usually one day a year or so, which is always a plus.
Access/how to get there: Easyjet flight to Sharm-El-Sheikh (from £89) then an hour long taxi or bus ride to Dahab. From Dahab, the easiest way to get to the boulders is to get a ride out in a Bedouin jeep throughwww.desert-divers.com
Where to stay: Dahab is full of cheap places to sleep, from around £5 a night upwards. The oddly named Oasis fighting kangaroo camp is recommended: www.oasis-fkc.com
What to pack: Climbing shoes & plenty of chalk. Crash pads can be rented in Dahab, or packed on as hold luggage with Easyjet. In winter time, pack a warm top for when you are in the shade, and for evenings. Remember to bring a swimming costume for rest days!
Local tip: The best restaurants are the cheaper looking Egyptian cafes found on the shopping street on the left of the roundabout next to the bridge. Try the “chicken shop” for a huge feast of dishes all for under £5, or for veggies, the café just a few doors before that serves up falafel, baba ganoush & other less known treats.
Guidebook: coming in early 2014.