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Nahal Samar

Judean Desert

 

Rappelling down the 3rd 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.

All dry falls that cannot be bypassed are equipped with anchors (glue-in bolts and climbing bolts). *  

 

Getting there:

 

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

At the road mark 262km (coordinates on the trails map, black grid: 112.88, 188.72) you will pass the mouth of Samar canyon.

The route ends at this place and you can leave here your car. Instead, you can park the car 3km farther near the block-post at Metzukei Dragot junction. It's safer but of course you will have to walk these 3km at the end of your trip.

For the starting point drive to Metzukei Dragot village and park your car in the village or near the gate.

From Metzukei Dragot follow the dirt road going north and marked with red marks for 2.3 km. Right after the point where a side trail marked with green marks branches to the left you will pass nahal Al-Maria bed. Immediately after that the trail climbs to a small hill and then goes down to another dry bed. This is nahal Samar bed (400m from the green trail and Al-Maria bed). The route starts here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

Follow down the dry wadi of nahal Samar. After 100m you will come across a dry fall that can be easily bypassed from the right site. Once back in the wadi continue to hike for another 450m until you will arrive to the edge of the 1st dry fall to be rappelled. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearing nahal Al-Maria and the hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 6 to 7 dry falls to be abseiled:

 

 

1.  48m (20m vertical, 8m overhanging, 10m vertical, 10m overhanging)

There are glue-in and climbing bolts in both walls near the edge. *

 

 

A view from the 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

2.  5-6m of a slippery gutter to be abseiled and another 2-3m step that can be down climbed.

On the left wall there are two climbing bolts connected between them by a metal chain with a ring to pull the rope. *

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

 

 

After a number of tens meters from the 2nd fall you will come to another dry fall that can be easily bypassed from the left side. The 3rd dry fall is just at the foot of the bypassed dry fall. 

 

 

Getting down to the 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The bypassed dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  31m (vertical, with a wide ledge after first eight meters)

There are numerous glue-in and climbing bolts in the floor near the edge. *

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A narrow and steep 15m long ravine is leading to the 4th dry fall rappelling station. There are two climbing bolts (each one with a ring to pull the rope) at the left side of the ravine entrance but actually it can be down-climbed without aid of a rope.

 

 

The ravine leading to the 4th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Climbing down to the 4th dry fall

 

 

Climbing down to the 4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

4.  32m (15m vertical, then 17m overhanging)

There are glue-in bolts in both walls near the edge. *

 

 

The 4th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 4th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down the 4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

The 4th dry fall

 

 

The 4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  28m (measured from the station) - 3m overhanging, then sloped

There are glue-in bolts in the floor 5m from the edge. *

The beginning is not convenient: cornice.

 

 

A view from the 5th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 5th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 5th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

6.  24m (measured from the station) - sloped

There is one metal plate with a ring to pool the rope in the right wall 5m from the edge and some rope loops on two stones jammed in a crack nearby in the wall. *

It would be advisable to have your own rope loops to reinforce the station in case of need.

 

 

The 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

The 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

The 6th dry fall

 

 

The 6th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is possible to end the rappelling trip after the 6th dry fall: take right to bypass the 7th dry fall and go straight to the main road.

Instead, you can rappel the 7th  “bonus” dry fall…

 

7.  26m (measured from the station that we used) - 4m vertical, then a ledge, then sloped.

We used a rope loop set around a big boulder pretty far from the edge but many other options exist. *

 

 

The 7th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down the 7th dry fall

 

 

The 7th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

Samar canyon seen from the road 90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 January 2012. Try to check it before starting on your trip.