The route type:
The canyon is dry all the year round but be wary about floods during winter rains.
Recommended to bring spare maillons and auxiliary ropes to connect between spits in some places.
Attention: this route is not on the list of officially allowed rappelling routes. Take it into the account while making your decision.
Drive on the road number 90 along Dead Sea to the south.
Here the rappelling trip starts.
There are up to 10 dry falls to be abseiled.
Immediately after you started walking in the canyon you come across a dry fall that should be passed around from the right side and after another 100m you come to the first drop equipped for rappelling (R1) though it is possible to climb it down (what we really did).
R1. 8m, vertical, splitted into two obvious steps. Can be climbed down with some level of caution.
Anchor: one spit with maillon on the left side. *
There is a long (about 700m) stretch of walking between R1 and R2 rappelling spots. First you have to negotiate a couple of short rocky steps by down climbing. Then the canyon widens and after 200-300m gets narrow again with one or two more steps which should be climbed down or bypassed.
Shortly after that you come to the second rappelling spot.
R2. 12m - vertical.
Anchors: two chemical bolts on the floor (one of them is flattened but still usable) and two spits in the wall on the right side. *
The next rappel (the longest one on this route) comes 30-50m after R2.
R3. 38m – sloped, then vertical.
Anchors: one spit with a maillon and one chemical bolt in the floor 2m from the edge and one separate spit closer to the edge. *
There is a rocky step 3-4m high immediately after R3. It can (and should) be climbed down. Then you have to walk about 150m to the next rappelling spot.
R4. 18m - vertical, starting in a narrow crack.
Anchors: two spits with maillons placed facing in the descent direction and one separate chemical bolt on the left side of the fissure (inconvenient placed in terms of direction).*
Next 6 rappelling spots come pretty in sequence
R5. 23m - sloped
Station: two spits, one of which equipped with a maillon. They are located on the right side at a pretty exposed setting and it is essential to fix a rope in order to get to them. It can be done from another two spits placed 2-2.5m from the edge. *
R6. 14m - vertical, two steps rappelled as a single.
Station: one spit with maillon on a bolder on the right side .*
The next dry fall is easily bypassed on the right, but since it is already equipped with a station, it’s a sin not to use it.
R7. 8m - sloped.
Station: two spits, one of which with maillon, on the right side .*
After R7 you will climb down some smooth but easy gutter (10-12m) and then come to the 8th rappelling station.
R8. 18m - sloped.
Station: two spits with maillons on the right side .*
R9. 6m – vertical, then overhang.
Station: two spits, one of which with maillon, on the left side .*
R10. 24m - sloped and vertical. There is a big ledge after one third.
Station: two spits with maillons on the left side .*
The rappelling ends just few meters from
the main road. Walk north for
***** - 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...