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Nahal Parsa

Judean Desert

 

The stone arch below the 4th 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 rappelling stations are equipped with either climbing bolts or drilled plates. *

You have to bring your own rope loops to connect the bolts and to reinforce the stations.

 

Getting there:

 

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

Between 213km and 212km distance marks you will arrive to the entrance into Ein Bokek hotels area. Park your car here.

Follow the marked trail (red marks) that gradually climbs to the main plateau and turns into a dirt road when on the plateau. Follow the dirt road till a junction with another dirt road marked with black marks and turn right to the "black" road. From here follow a dirt road marked with black marks for some 400 meters and turn right into the first shallow wadi that is one of the sources of nahal Parsa. Follow the dry bed for another 200m and you will come to the edge of the plateau. Climb down a couple of meters to the first dry fall rappelling station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are up to 6 dry falls to be abseiled:

 

First 3 dry falls come immediately one after another forming a cascade of rappellings. It can be done in three separated rappellings or can be split into four rappellings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  35m - vertical.

There are two options for the rappelling station.

The first (upper) consists of two bolts with drilled metal plates placed in the left wall. When rappelling from this point you need 40m rope at least.

 

 

The upper (worse) rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the better option climb down the trough another 5-6 meters. There are two climbing bolts in the left wall. When rappelling from this point you need 35m rope only.

Bring your own rope loops to connect the bolts ant to set the station.

 

 

The lower (better) rappelling station

 

Rappelling from the 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

The first rappelling ends on a kind of saddle. The next rappelling station is on the right side of the saddle.

 

 

On the "saddle"

 

The left half of the "horseshoe"

 

A view from the saddle

 

 

 

 

2.  65m (35m vertical, then 30m overhang) + wide ledge + 15m (sloped).

85m long rope needed to rappel all as a single.

There are two bolts with drilled metal plates. Bring your own rope loops to connect the bolts and a metal ring to pull the rope (high friction while pulling).

After rappelling the first part (65m) you land on a wide ledge. If your rope is longer then 83-85m your can continue to rappel another 15m of rather gentle slope to the 3rd dry fall rappelling station.

Be careful while pulling the rope - the knot can get stuck in small cracks below the rappelling station of the main wall.

 

 

2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

Rappelling from the 2nd dry fall

 

Rappelling from the 2nd dry fall

 

 

 

If you have a shorter rope two other options are available:

First, there is a rappelling station in the right wall. It consists of two bolts with drilled metal plates that are connected by a 3mm steel cable with a metal ring to pull the rope.

Second, you just can climb down from the very right side of the ledge through a sequence of small steps and ledges.

 

 

The intermediate rappelling station

 

Rappelling from the big ledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  55m - 20m vertical, then 35m overhang.

There are two bolts in the right wall near the edge. At the time of our trip they were connected by rope loops with a metal ring to pull the rope.

 

 

3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

Rappelling from the 3rd dry fall

 

Rappelling from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

From the foot of the 3rd dry fall follow the bed of the wide canyon for 700m till you will come across abrupt edges. Keep the very left side of the wadi and enter into a short narrow ravine at the end of which you will find the next rappelling station. There is a very impressive stone arch just in front of the rappelling spot.  

 

4.  22m - vertical.

There are two bolts with drilled metal plates in the right wall. The plates are connected by a 3mm steel cable with a metal ring to pull the rope.

 

 

4th dry fall rappelling station

 

4th dry fall rappelling station

 

4th dry fall and the arch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After some 100m of squeezing your way through boulders and short patches of down climbing you will come to the fifth dry fall.

 

5.  7m. Vertical, last 2m - overhang.

There are two bolts in the right wall. At the time of our trip they were connected by rope loops with a metal ring to pull the rope.

 

 

5th dry fall rappelling station

 

Rappelling from the 5th dry fall

 

Rappelling from the 5th dry fall

 

 

 

Another 100m of walking and easy scrambling bring you to the last rappelling station of this route. To find it keep the left side of the canyon bed.

 

6.  5-7m - stepped.

There are two climbing bolts connected by a 3mm steel cable with a metal ring to pull the rope.

Actually the rappelling is not needed here as you can easily climb down just in the channel of the supposed rappelling.

 

 

6th dry fall rappelling station

 

True athletes climb down!.. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

From the foot of the last steeps walk another 800m along the flat wadi to get to the main road.

 

 

 

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 2011. Try to check it before starting on your trip.