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Nahal Bonifatzyi

Judean Desert

 

 

A view from the 1st dry fall

 

 

The route quality:   **  

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

The canyon is dry all the year round but be wary about floods during winter rains.

There are no prearranged rappelling stations or anchors in the canyon! *  

You have to bring all equipment needed to build stations and to be able to use it properly.

 

The canyon had no name and we didn’t find any description about it so we (Lena, Kostya and me) have decided to assume the right to name it nahal Bonifatzyi in honor of Bonifatzyi (Boni) Krevedko, the dog of Lena. Amen!

 

 

On the other hand we have found some very old sling on the last dry fall, so we are definitely not pioneers and we are open to accept any claims from true pioneers if such pioneers appear. J

 

 

Getting there:

 

Drive on the road number 90 along Dead Sea to the south.

Between 279 km and 278 km distance marks you will arrive to the entrance of Qumran National Park.

Turn as to the Park and after that take the right branch at a road fork and drive to the Kalya village. Leave your car at the parking lot of the village.

Follow a dirt road marked with red marks till a point where another dirt road marked with blue marks branches to the left and gradually ascends to the main plateau of Judean Desert. Once on the plateau the “blue” dirt road runs to the South and after about 2.3km (6.2km from Kalya) it crosses an pretty obvious wadi of nahal Bonifatzyi (Point 1 on the map). The only prominent sign is a long flat mountain Jebel Harmun looming in the west direction. GPS would be advisable.

Allow 1.5 hours for approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

Walk down the wadi. After 150m of easy walking you come across a 10m high dry fall that can be bypassed on the right side.

250m long walk from the foot of this dry fall brings you to the first dry fall that requires rappelling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bypassed 10m high dry fall

 

 

Approaching the 1st dry fall to be rappelled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 3 dry falls to be abseiled:

 

 

1.  60m (vertical and sloped with ledges, last 5m - overhang)

We have found two options to build a station: either in the main channel or on flat rocks on the left side. We used the second option as it seems to be better in terms of likelihood to pull the rope happily after getting down…

Both options rely on small boulders located in 5-6 meters from the edge.

There is a possibility to split the descent into two parts as I have spotted suitable boulders on a big ledge in the middle of the dry fall.

Be aware of loose rocks!

 

 

The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling from the 1st dry fall

 

 

The 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The edge of the 2nd dry fall is located in less than 100m from the foot of the 1st dry fall.

 

 

2.  45m (vertical)

We have built a station on a small rock prominence on the left side in 5-6m from the edge. 8mm rope is recommended.

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling from the 2nd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

 

 

The edge of the 3rd dry fall is located in 20m from the foot of the 2nd dry fall.

 

3.  40m (sloped with one big ledge or pit in the middle)

We have built a station on boulders on the left side in 2m from the edge.

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

Walk 800m down the canyon to Kalya village.

 

 

A view back on the canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The route quality:

 

*****  - The only one of its kind. A "must do" trip!

****    - Very interesting, highly recommended!

***      - Pretty nice route.

**        - Inexpressive one.

*          - Do it if you have nothing to do...

 

 

* Pay attention! The information is updated for February 2013. Try to check it before starting on your trip.