Jebel Umm Adaami is 40 kms south of Rum village; the drive takes you through the stunning
desert wilderness of Wadi Saabet, past natural rock sculptures and along a dried up wadi.
It's not a climb to undertake without an experienced Bedouin guide (though the drive alone makes
a fantastic, different one-day tour). The ascent is not difficult nor too challenging if you're fit, as
long as you know which route to take. And a guide shows you the lizard and snake tracks and
identifies the pungent desert zarta.
In the centre of the first picture below is a tiny white dot, the 4x4 and next to it, in the sand, lunch is
being cooked. South from the summit is the forbidden landscape of Saudi Arabia (inaccessible to
most of us). The 1854 metre summit of Jebel Umm Adaami is as close as we're allowed.
The return journey takes you past Saleh's mother's tent near Khazali, a perfect place to spend the
night and enjoy the sense of achievement after climbing Jordan's highest mountain.
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