National Geographic : 2014 Jan
Climbing Oman 135 133 national geographic • January 2014 Ups and Downs Over the course of several weeks the six-person team searched the Musan- dam Peninsula in northern Oman for climbing opportunities amid sea cliffs and crags. They also visited fishing villages that have a hybrid Persian- Omani culture. The team documented the expedition on Instagram@natgeo. A sliced rope and a head gash—both from razor-sharp loose rock—testify to hazardous conditions. findlay takes a Plunge while deePwater soloing. the team’s catamaran allowed them to exPlore the Peninsula. alex honnold and findlay check roPes before scaling the rocks. PhotograPher jimmy chin eyes the team’s boat in the lagoon below. a fisherman unloads his catch in the village of shisah. fishermen disPlay sharks and other fish from their catch. a blind, 90-year-old fisherman Pulls in his catch. in the village of sibi a boy offers climbers cuttlefish for dinner. mikey schaefer holds a climbing roPe sliced in two by sharP rock. clockwise from toP left: jimmy chin, renan ozturk, mikey schaefer, renan ozturk, mikey schaefer, jimmy chin clockwise from toP left: renan ozturk (2), mikey schaefer, jimmy chin, renan ozturk blood, sweat, and tears smear renan ozturk’s face. honnold insPects a gash in ozturk’s scalP left by a rock. British climber Hazel Findlay scales a cliff rising from the Gulf of Oman. Teammates wait below to fish her from the water if she falls—or decides to jump.