HOMEPAGE

Nahal Moa

Judean Desert

 

 

View point at the edge of the main plateau

 

 

The route quality:   **/***   

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

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

First two dry falls are not equipped at all and other two are equipped with 3mm steel cable and metal ring. *  

 

Getting there:

 

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

After 266 km distance mark you will arrive to the mouth of the Tmarim canyon with a date-palm plantation on the left side of the road. Turn left to a side road and park here. Follow a marked trail (red and then blue) as for the nahal Tmarim rappeling route, but up on the plateau turn left to a dirt road marked green and then take another turn left to a dirt road marked red. Follow the road for 1.4 km. After 0.9 km you will pass the wadi of Nahal Kane and after another 0.5 km will arrive to Nahal Moa. Don't miss the shallow and broad lowering where the road crosses the dry river-bed of Nahal Moa! It is highly NOT OBVIOUS! If you have found yourself in some obvious canyon you missed. My congratulations and welcome to the club!.. In that case go back for 500 meters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Route description:

 

Turn left from the dirt road and follow a small dry river-bed for some 350m until you arrive to the plateau edge with a stunning view on the Dead Sea and it's swampy and rushy shore covered with small lakes.

Here the Moa canyon begins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 4 dry falls to be abseiled:

 

 

1.  10m of down-climbing and 20m+10m of rappelling - stepped, no overhangs

There are 3 obvious steps here. The first step (some 8-10m) can be easily climbed down to a flat ground with many possibilities to set the rappelling station on the surrounding rocks. From this spot you have to rappel some 20m to very wide ledge (some 10-15m wide), to cross it and to rappel another 10m wall. You need 60m rope to rappel the all as one piece. No prepared anchors! Bring your own rope loops to set the station.

 

 

1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View down from the1st fall station

 

 

1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  35m - vertical, no overhangs

 

No prepared anchors! Bring your own rope loops to set the station.

 

 

2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd dry fall

 

 

View on the 2nd dry fall from the 3rd fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  25m - vertical (slightly positive) no overhangs

 

As for March 2010 there is a 3mm steel cable loop around a small boulder and a metal ring to pull the rope but it is highly recommended to bring your own rope loops to set the station.

 

 

3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  80m - vertical, small overhangs can be avoided by keeping a little right when rappelling

 

As for March 2010 there is a 3mm steel cable loop around a small boulder and a metal ring to pull the rope but it is highly recommended to bring your own rope loops to set the station.

 

 

4th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

View from the 4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down the 4th dry fall

 

 

Rappelling down the 4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go down to the road through boulders and scree slopes. 

 

 

 

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 March 2010. Try to check it before starting on your trip.