Iran offers some of the world’s most epic rock climbing, but only a small handful of hard core international rock climbers have tested their courage and skill on its beautiful rock faces. Meanwhile, the less intrepid among us might settle for this awesome climbing gym designed for Polur by New Wave Architecture. The starting point for those setting off to scale Mount Damavand, Polur is a small village located in Iran’s rocky Mazandaran Province.
As rock climbing becomes increasingly popular in Iran (in October, 2012, the International Festival of Climbing took place in Bistotun, Kermanshah Province), New Wave Architecture designed a mammoth rock climbing gym that resembles nearby Mt. Damavand – the country’s tallest mountain at 18,406 ft. It is a beautiful rock climbing gym by any standards, but an especially magnificent structure for Iran, which is renowned for its ancient architecture, but which has floundered in the last several decades due to messy internal and external politics.