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Nahal Kedem

Judean Desert

 

 

Kedem 00 Main

The main wall

 

 

 

The route quality: ****

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

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

Keep in mind that descending nahal Kedem is a serious undertaking suitable for competent groups only. Definitely not for large groups with beginners!

Because of nature of the route having walkie-talkies is highly recommended!

All rappelling stations are equipped with climbing bolts but bring your own rope loops to connect between them if needed and have spare rings to pull the rope. *

Attention: this route is not on the list of officially allowed rappelling routes. Take this in account when making your decision.

 

Getting there:

 

Drive on the road number 90 along Dead Sea to the south. 5.6 km after Mitzpe Shalem junction the road crosses the mouth of nahal Kedem. There are some hot springs nearby at the Dead Sea shore and therefore a lot of cars are parked here ordinarily. It seems to be safe to leave your car here.

After you left one of your cars at the end of the route, continue do drive to the south to Ein Gedi National Park. Upon arriving to Ein Gedi turn right as to the National Park entrance and immediately after that take another right-hand turn to a road that leads to Ein Gedi Field School.

Park your car and cross the Field School territory aiming its left far corner where you will find a gate in the fence. Here a trail marked with black marks starts.

Take in account a long ascent from the Field School to the main plateau (about 600m) and a pretty long walk on the plateau. Provide 3 hours for approach.

 

Follow the black trail, than green trail, then red trail and finally march a dirt road marked with black marks for pretty long time. When another red trail comes across the road, leave the road and turn right. The walls of nahal Kedem are already visible here. Walk on the trail for about 500m and then turn right into the channel of nahal Kedem.

 

 

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Route description:

 

 

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Walk along the channel for some 150m and you will come to the edge of the mail wall.

Below on the left the great profile scheme borrowed from Sarma with my minor corrections regarding first two pitches of the main wall.

Below on the right my photo of the main wall with all the rappelling stations precisely placed.

 

 

Kedem 01a profile

 

Kedem 01b main wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 7 pitches to be abseiled (3 first of them are located on a 260m high single wall):

 

 

1. 90m (mostly vertical) and than 7-8m long traverse on the ledge.

There are 4 bolts on the station located on the left wall near the edge. Bring you own rope loops and a maillon to pull the rope. *

Take in account that 90m is the length of the descent only but you need at least 100m long rope to get to the station safely!

There are loose rocks in places, be careful while rappelling.

 

 

Kedem 1st fall 1

The 1st rappelling station

 

Kedem 1st fall 2

Rappelling the 1st pitch (photo from the 2nd station)

 

 

 

 

The descent ends on a narrow ledge with loose debris. The ledge widens to the left (facing the wall) where the second rappelling station is visible some 7-8m from the line of your descent.

 

2. 105m (mostly vertical, some ledges)

There are 4 bolts on the station connected by ropes. There is a metal ring to pull the rope. *

Note: There are two bolts approximately in the middle of the descent. They seems useless under normal circumstances.

 

 

Kedem 2nd fall 1

Rappelling onto the ledge of the 2nd station

 

Kedem 2nd fall 2

Traversing the ledge to the 2nd station

 

Kedem 2nd fall 3

The 2nd rappelling station

 

 

 

 

Kedem 2nd fall 4

Rappelling the 2nd pitch of the main wall (see the red arrow)

 

Kedem 2nd fall 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kedem 2nd fall 6

Two bolts in the middle of the descent (photo by Igor Yakovlev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third station is not visible until the very last moment. Dont worry, it will appear

The station is placed in a niche some 1.5m to the left (facing the wall) of the line of your descent. This is a semi-hanging station capable to accommodate two people only, so plan your descent and group cooperation properly.

 

3. 72m, overhanging

There are 4 bolts on this semi-hanging station connected by ropes. There is a metal ring to pull the rope. *

 

 

Kedem 3rd fall 1

Approaching the 3rd rappelling station

 

Kedem 3rd fall 2

The 3rd rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kedem 3rd fall 3

The 3rd rappelling station

 

Kedem 3rd fall 4

Rappelling the 3rd pitch

 

Kedem 3rd fall 5

Rappelling the 3rd pitch

 

Kedem 3rd fall 6

Rappelling the 3rd pitch

 

Actually the main wall ends after the 3rd rappelling. A relatively flat area or ledge some 20-30m wide separates the main wall from another dry fall.

It seems that you can avoid the 4th rappelling by descending from this ledge through scree slopes on either side, but we didnt check this option.

If you decide to rappel, follow the water flow line sloping down to the edge of the flat area. The station placed on the right side near the edge.

 

4. 58m (35m vertical then overhanging)

There are 2 bolts connected by ropes. There is a metal ring to pull the rope. *

 

 

Kedem 4th fall 1

A view from the 4th rappelling station

 

Kedem 4th fall 2

The 4th rappelling station

 

Kedem 4th fall 3

The 4th rappelling station

 

 

 

 

Kedem 4th fall 4

The 4th dry fall

 

Kedem 4th fall 5

The 4th dry fall

 

Kedem 4th fall 6

The 4th dry fall

 

 

 

Walk some 300m till the fifth rappelling station.

 

5. 20m, overhanging

There are 2 bolts connected by ropes on a big boulder on the left side of the wide canyon floor. There is a metal ring to pull the rope. *

 

 

Kedem 5th fall 1

The 5th dry fall rappelling station

 

Kedem 5th fall 2

The 5th dry fall

 

Kedem 5th fall 3

The 5th dry fall

 

 

 

Walk some 300m until a wide horseshoe-shaped dry fall 6m high which can be easily bypassed on the right side.

 

 

Kedem 5th to 6th 1

Walking to the 6th dry fall

 

Kedem 5th to 6th 2

Walking to the 6th dry fall (view back on the main wall)

 

Kedem 5th to 6th 3

Bypassing the 6m dry fall

 

 

 

Walk another 150m till a dip drop into a relatively narrow channel. Take the right side of the channel and find the next rappelling station some 20m farther.

 

6. 30m (or 40m according to other group) (6-7m overhanging to a wide ledge, than vertical)

There are 2 bolts connected by ropes on a boulder. There is a metal ring to pull the rope. *

 

 

Kedem 6th fall 1

The 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

Kedem 6th fall 2

The 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kedem 6th fall 3

The 6th dry fall

 

Kedem 6th fall 4

The 6th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

Walk some 650m until a place where a chain of very obvious rujums invites you to leave the wadi ascending its right bank. I suppose it is an escape route allowing you to avoid the last rappelling, but we didnt try this option.

 

 

Kedem 6th to 7th

A supposed escape route before the 7th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk another 100m till the 7th rappelling station.

 

7. 19m (12-14m vertical then overhanging)

There are 2 bolts connected by ropes on the left side. There is a metal ring to pull the rope. *

 

 

Kedem 7th fall 1

The 7th dry fall rappelling station

 

Kedem 7th fall 2

The 7th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

From the foot of the last dry fall follow the canyon floor till the road where your car is parked (600m).

 

 

 

 

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 December 2016. Try to check it before starting on your trip.