Climbing in Yemen?

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Chim-Chim

climber
Nov 17, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Don't be another Beth and Tommy nightmare... don't get me started on that awesome climbing trip. Also why ask when you've already made up your mind ... good luck, I hope we don't have to read about any problems.
Chim-Chim

climber
Nov 17, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Chick, read the article in Rock and Ice issue #214 Brittany Griffith a world class climber ans d all around badass says it's sketch. Go to Greece or Thailand. It's a vacation after all.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Nov 17, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Socatra is apparently very close to Somalia so you get the best of both worlds. Did look very cool.
Chim-Chim

climber
Nov 17, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
A Beautiful spot, too bad the world is the way it is:
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Nov 18, 2013 - 12:24am PT
"And I think donini summed it up well. I find that if you are not stupid, don't go where you're not supposed to and don't stick your nose into others' business without their invitation, then people respect you enough to leave you alone. "

I've been to plenty of places the state dept. deemed unsafe too and would agree pretty much with the above statement though I'd add 'lucky' as well simply because you can become damn unlucky.

Wish I had more info to share as I'd love to check out Yemen someday though in this case will wait.

Now I can give you plenty of beta on Oman...:-)

Have a great trip and do post up a TR when you get back.
duncan

climber
London, UK
Nov 18, 2013 - 03:52am PT
Try asking on a French website. Most of the development has been done by French teams, so you may get more realistic information there. When I briefly looked into it, the political situation was very different to mainland Yemen, however you had to transit though Sana.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 18, 2013 - 10:25am PT
The French can get away with existing in such areas.....they leave toilet paper on the trail just like the locals so no one suspects they are there.
chick_on_ice

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2013 - 10:26am PT
Also why ask when you've already made up your mind ...

I believe I wasn't asking about whether or not I should go, because you're right Chim-Chim, I've already made up my mind. I'm not interested in Greece/Turkey/Thailand for this trip, because I'm going to Yemen not just for the climbing and drinking on a beach (shocking, I know), but more for broader worldly/travelesque/curiosity aspects.
I approached supertopo's collective wisdom in order to get specific information on the climbing itself that I couldn't get in a political science zine.

And I'm tracking down that Rock and Ice issue right now. You all have been very helpful, and I appreciate the safety concerns, but my parents are worrying more than enough for everyone :)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 18, 2013 - 10:49am PT
I must ask how does it feel to visit a war torn country like Yemen.. How do you feel laying on the beach there knowing full well the USA has been killing some there and the people there have been attacking USA interests. I think i would feel rather akward as a spoiled westerner "vacationing" in such a place. Do you just pretend all is well and its another day at Ft bragg? Just curious. My old High school buddy Kurt Lippold doenst think much of that place.
Chim-Chim

climber
Nov 18, 2013 - 10:55am PT
Please be safe and have fun, looking forward to your tr when you return. Peace
Majid_S

Mountain climber
Karkoekstan
Nov 18, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
going there with American passport ?




Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 18, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
going there with American passport ?

Majid, did you bother to read any of this thread? My god...
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:23pm PT
The French can get away with existing in such areas.....they leave toilet paper on the trail just like the locals so no one suspects they are there.

heheheh
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
Chick-on-ice,,,Heres to hoping your avatar isnt a precursor.! Yemen listed as "hot" currently..
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
I spoke with a young fella at the local nabe market, the A & M.

He was finishing up his last shift and leaving for home the next day, having made enough money to get back there.

The A & M is run by Yemenis.

This fella told me he hates California--the people in the hood are all Spanish and he can't speak Spanish; the water's good, but not as good as well water in the desert; it's TOO HOT IN THE SUMMER (a half-baked idea--I like it fine); he hates working in a dump disguised as a store.

Sounds hard to believe that it is SO COOl over in Yemen.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
I wasnt talking temperature..;-)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:47pm PT
thank GOD we shipped al queda into their midst after we decimated their civil government!

They gotta go someplace, rSin.

Short of hell, it's pretty damned hot there!

The Flames avoid it, of course.

Ever tried to low-ride a camel?
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Forget the naysayers ice_chick . Get after it , a post a TR later!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
awwwmann no one got my chick-on-ice One liner! That was GOLD!!!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 18, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Being ready for the call when this sport gets approved for the Olympics.
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