The Nablus cliff is a truly unique climbing spot. Towering above the ancient City of Nablus, with its 300,000 inhabitants, it can be seen from nearly everywhere in the city. The rock is subject to many legends, particularly the one of “Al Sitt Salamieh”, a female warrior who fought in Salahaddin's army. According to the legends, she is buried on top of the cliffs. Other stories tell of a witch who used a flying coffin as her mode of transport. While passing over Palestine, something went wrong and she crashed into the Nablus Cliff and she has been trapped there ever since. We haven’t encountered her yet during the development of the crag, but better watch out!
On a serious note though – being on alert at the cliff is generally a good idea since it is a new cliff under development and there is still a lot of loose rock. Wearing a helmet is an absolute must! The crag is very close to the city and therefore you will usually find a lot of curious kids coming up to watch you climb. Make sure they are out of the rock falling zone. If you have a kids’ harness and a small helmet, let them have a try as well! So far, they have been given some top-rope practice by us.
With a height of 30 meters, Al Sitt Salamieh is taller than the crags around Ramallah. The routes are beautiful, yet sharp. In general, we recommend using a 70-meter rope and 12 quickdraws.