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Shifting Sands

A tale of the friendship and camaraderie shared between the Bedouin community and the climber Rob Durran, this short film takes you on a journey into the sandstone towers (or jebels) of Wadi Rum, Jordan, allowing you a peek into thousands of years of climbing history.

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The British climber Rob Durran has been one of the most active and prolific climbers to visit Wadi Rum in Jordan over the past fifteen years. Durran has been hosted by the Bedouin on each of his trips, and in “Shifting Sands” he reveals the delights of climbing with these “honourable, proud nomads.” Teaming up with the local climber Abdallah Al Zalabeh—founder of Jordan’s first climbing club and a guide out of Rum Village—Rob travels to a remote corner of the desert to rediscover and climb an old Bedouin hunting route.


Also watch VIDEO: Beyond the Wall – Climbing in the West Bank