Nahal Yorick

Judean Desert



The 4th dry fall



“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
not how oft.

William Shakespeare. Hamlet.




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



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 safer to leave your car here despite the fact that the mouth of nahal Yorick is about a kilometer farther to the south.

After you have 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. Here a trail marked with black marks starts.

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











Route description:


Follow the “black” trail, than “green” trail, then “red” trail and finally march a dirt road marked with black marks till nahal Yorick (see map above).

There are no obvious signs in the vicinity of Yorik bed so GPS is advisable. If you see some obvious dry falls just near the dirt road you are marching on, - continue to march as it is nahal Hamlet, not Yorik… I'm not joking... The “poor Yorick” is 500m farther to the north.










Walk along flat wadi of Yorick for some 300m and you will come to a 10m high dry fall that can be easily bypassed on the right side:



Bypassing the 10m high dry fall








After the bypass of the dry fall you should negotiate a series of 3 small (about 2m each one) rocky steps all of which can be down-climbed easily. Shortly after that you will come to the edge of the first rappelling spot.



There are 5 dry falls to be abseiled:



1.  20m (15m vertical, then 5m overhang)

There are 2 bolts on the station connected between them with a rope loop. *

Be careful while rappelling because of loose rocks!



The 1st dry fall rappelling station


The 1st dry fall rappelling station


Rappelling down the 1st dry fall




A short walk (70-100m) brings you to the second rappelling station.


2.  44m (vertical and sloped with ledges)

There are 4 bolts on the station. *

Be careful: loose rocks!

Be careful while pulling the rope: there are many possibilities for the rope to be stuck (we have checked and proved it…)



Approaching the 2nd dry fall rappelling station


The 2nd dry fall rappelling station







The 2nd dry fall


The 2nd dry fall (the next rappelling station encircled)


The 2nd dry fall. Releasing the stuck rope




The third dry fall is just at the foot of the second one.


3.  23m, sloped

There are 2 bolts on the station. *



The 3rd dry fall rappelling station


Rappelling from the 3rd dry fall (the next rappelling
station encircled).


The 3rd dry fall




The fourth dry fall comes right after the third one.


4.  57m overall:

46-48m descend (vertical and sloped with ledges) ends on a 6m long ledge or pit. Cross the ledge and rappel another 8-10m of slope. It is possible to end the rappelling on the ledge: you can bypass the last section by crossing scree slopes on the right side.


There are 4 bolts (2 pairs) on the station. *



A view from the 4th dry fall rappelling station


The 4th dry fall rappelling station







The 4th dry fall


Rappelling to the big ledge


On the ledge


The last section (after the ledge)


Walk 250m till the fifth rappelling station. Follow rujums and be ready for easy bouldering…


5.  70m, vertical

There are 4 bolts on the station. *



Walking to the 5th dry fall


The 5th dry fall rappelling station


The 5th dry fall rappelling station





The 5th dry fall


The 5th dry fall






From the foot of the last dry fall you can either to follow the canyon till the road (700m) or to cross scree slopes of the north bank aiming the mouth of nahal Kedem if your car is parked there (1km).




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