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Recce hike to check out a possible circular route near Jebel Yibir. Approach the start point either via the blacktop road or wadi from Al Tawain. I recommend parking near the weather station easily visible from the track. 4wd recommended given the wadi track option or steep descent after the blacktop option. The start of the wadi is fairly easy but soon becomes a boulder hopping challenge! After the first kilometre or so the wadi narrows into a steep sided gorge with no escape options - check the weather before attempting this and keep an eye on the sky. A lot of water has clearly passed over the years leaving smooth 'dry waterfalls' and this is not a gorge I would want to get caught out in when it rains. A reasonable amount of scrambling is involved until you reach 'the crux', a 10-12m dry waterfall wall. We found a way up the left hand side but this is steep, smooth with few holds and if you slip near the top it will result in a big fall. As mentioned, there are no escape routes, so unless willing to complete the full route (estimated to be about 20km, 6-7hours) do not attempt going past this wall unless very comfortable with free climbing, including down climbing on the way back. After this the going consists of more boulder hopping and is slow going. We decided to turn around maybe a kilometre on from the crux to make sure we could return safely to the cars. As always, plenty of water, energy snacks and sun protection needed.