Shark Fin topo online

Out of curiosity I set up Shark Fin at 27Crags, a global route database/ logbook site. It took about an hour’s work. One of the efficient aspects of the site, which I didn’t appreciate until I had part-finished my topo, is that you can upload an un-annotated photo then draw lines on it within the web application. Clever stuff.

Shark Fin is one of the best sport cliffs within the guidebook region, though it is a shame it isn’t 5km west (ie on the UAE side of the border). And it needs more routes! However, even as it stands, its three grade 7 routes are must-do classics. Lactic Labryinthe, which was done just in time to make the guidebook’s “recommended” list, is truly awesome, unique and world-class.

The Shark Fin approach is the same as Wonderwall (see the Al Ain chapter of the guidebook) until point (c), where you don’t turn into the “narrow gap” but instead drive 1km south on the truck road until the cliff is visible. Then drive to the obvious giant “parking boulder” under the cliff.

From UAE Climbing
From UAE Climbing

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