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Nahal a-Samra

Judean Desert

 

 

A view from the 4th dry fall rappelling station.

 

 

The route quality:   ***   

 

 

The route type:

   

Rappelling trip.

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

Some rappelling stations are equipped with bolts and others are not. (Photos of rappelling stations are not updated from November 2010!) *  

You must have your own equipment to build or reinforce stations.

 

Getting there:

 

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

At 275 km distance mark you will arrive to the entrance to Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve. Park here your car. Follow a marked trail (black marks) that gradually climbs to the plateau and finally riches a viewing point on the edge of the plateau. From here follow a dirt road marked with black marks for some 200 meters and turn left to a trail marked with blue marks. Walk on the trail another 300 meters until the trail will descend to a well defined canyon bed. That is Wadi a-Samra and from here the rappelling trip starts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediately after you started walking in the canyon you come across a dry fall that should be passed around from the right side.

After that you will negotiate a couple of short (3-5 meters) falls by down climbing. No rope needed.

The canyon widens and after 200-300 meters gets narrow again with one or two more down climbing spots... All are low and easy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And after that you come to the edge of first dry fall that requires rappelling.

 

There are 8 dry falls to be abseiled:

 

1.  12m - vertical.

Anchors: two chemical bolts. * 

 

 

1st dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Getting to the rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling from the 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

2.  38m - sloped and vertical, no overhangs.

 

Anchors: one chemical bolt and two climbing bolts. Bring your own ropes to connect the bolts ant to set the station. * 

 

 

2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 2nd dry fall

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

Some rocky step immediately after the

2nd dry fall

 

 

 

 

3.  18m - vertical, starting in a narrow crack.

 

Anchors: one chemical bolt and a possibility to put rope loops.*

 

 

3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

4.  23m - sloped.

 

Station: a possibility to put rope loops.*

 

 

4th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down from the 4th dry fall

 

 

4th dry fall

 

 

 

 

5.  14m - vertical, two steps rappelled as a single.

 

Station: a possibility to put rope loops.*

 

 

5th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

5th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next fall can be easily passed around from the right side. After that you will climb down some smooth but easy ramp (10-12m) and finally come to the 6th fall rappelling station.

 

6.  18m - sloped.

 

Anchor: one mechanical bolt and a rope loop in a vertical crack in the right wall. Some old "friend" is stuck nearby.*

 

 

6th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

6th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

6th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

7.  5m - vertical.

 

Station: a possibility to put rope loops.*

 

 

7th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

7th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  24m - sloped and vertical. There is a big ledge after one third.

 

Station: a possibility to put rope loops.*

 

 

8th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

8th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling from the 8th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

8th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rappelling ends just few meters from the main road. Walk north for 2 km to get to the parking at Einot Tzukim.

 

 

 

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 2016 (last update according to Vad Freid). Try to check it before starting on your trip.