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Nahal Botam

Eilat Mountains

 

Rappelling from 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.

At the moment of our trip all rappelling stations were equipped somehow (bolts, 3mm steel cable, rope loops) and had metal rings to pull the rope. *  

But you must to have your own rope loops and metal rings to reinforce or rebuild the stations.

 

Getting there:

 

The site is in Timna Park in 25km to the north from Eilat:

 http://www.parktimna.co.il/

Enter into Timna Park and drive in the direction of the Timna Lake (the campsite). 500m after the junction where a side road branches to Shlomo Pillars ("Amudei Shlomo") the main road will come across a small wadi (point 1 on the map below). The trail marked with black marks starts here and here you should park your car. The black marked trail runs in the direction of Maale Bereh ascent and our route starts here.

It will be a good idea to put another car at the end of the route. Two options exist: to park at the Arches ("Kshatot") parking lot or to park 850m before this place as we did (point 2).

Follow the black marks via Maale Bereh to the plateau above Timna. 350m climb of very steep trail involved. On the plateau go to the junction with trail marked red and turn right. Follow the red marks for 1.4km until the trail will cross some well defined wadi (point 3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave the trail and go down the wadi. The rappelling route starts here.

 

There are 6 dry falls to be abseiled.

 

Actually, we missed the right wadi and entered into the next one 300m to north-west.

 

 

View back (from noth-west) on the nahal Botam "right wadi"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mistake has been revealed too late, when the wadi came to the edge of the Timna plateau. After some running about we have found a kind of trail that brought us to the right canyon just before the rappelling station of the second dry fall.

Thus, we have bypassed the first dry fall and my description of this matter completely relies on other sources. According to them:

 

1.  15m. (vertical and overhanging).

According to some sources this dry fall can be bypassed from the right side.

 

2.  45m (15m vertical and then overhanging).

At the moment of writing these words there was a single bolt near the edge, connected by rope with a metal ring to pull the rope.*

There was a boulder 7-10m from the edge that allowed us to back up the bolt. 

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

A view from the 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 2nd dry fall

 

 

Rappelling down from the 2nd dry fall

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

3.  85m (7m vertical, then 50m overhanging; sloped ledge is found at the height of 20m; last 15m - overhanging).

 

There is a rappelling station on some big boulder. It made of 3mm steel cable loop with a metal ring to pull the rope.*

There are other boulders in the vicinity.

The first vertical meters of the steep somewhat loose, so be aware about falling stones (from the height of up to 90m!..)

Wear helmets and stay away from the wall! 

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

Timna valley as seen from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd dry fall

 

Rappelling down from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belaying from below the overhang

 

Rappelling down from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The easiest way to get to the next fall is to climb on the loose hill at the right side of our 80m wall. Climb just along the wall. Traverse the hill and climb down keeping the left side of the canyon.

Climb a couple of meters down a small ravine to get to the next rappelling station.

 

4.  15m (sloped) + long ledge + 5m (vertical and overhanging). 35m rope (2x35) is needed to rappel it as a whole.

 

There is a rappelling station on some boulder stuck on a balcony. Anchor: rope loops with metal rings to pull the rope.*

You can either to rappel all as a whole or to break it into two parts of 15m and 5m.

 

 

4th dry fall rappelling station

 

4th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Rappelling from the 4th dry fall:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking to the 5th dry fall:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  11m (17m if measured from the station). Sloped.

 

There is a rappelling station on a stone stuck under a big boulder some 6 meter from the edge. Anchor: rope loops with metal rings to pull the rope.*

 

 

5th dry fall rappelling station

 

The 5th dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  7m (vertical).

 

There is a rappelling station on boulders near the edge. Anchor: rope loops with a metal ring to pull the rope.*

 

 

The 6th dry fall rappelling station

 

 

Rappelling down from the 6th dry fall

 

 

The 6th dry fall

 

 

 

 

From the foot of the dry fall you should walk 0.5km down the canyon until you will join the trail marked with blue marks. Follow marked trails to the place where you have parked your car.

 

 

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 2010. Try to check it before starting on your trip.