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Nahal Gadna.

Eilat Mountains.

 

Rappelling from the 1st 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 two of three rappelling stations were equipped with single bolt each one and had metal rings to pull the rope. *  

You must have your own rope loops and metal rings to reinforce the existing stations or to build new.

 

Getting there:

 

Drive on road 90 in Eilat direction. 9km after the turning to Timna Park you will arrive to the turning to Beer Ora settlement. Turn to Beer Ora and drive 0.5km than turn right to a paved side road. Drive 1.3km till the place where a dirt road marked with green marks branches to the left (west).

You can park your car here and go on foot on the dirt road marked with black marks or (if your vehicle permits) you can continue driving on either of two dirt roads: marked green or marked black. We tried the "green road" and it was quite shitty...

Anyway, you should get to the start of the trail marked with red marks that runs along nahal Gadna.

After 3.6 km the red trail leaves the wadi and starts to climb gradually along the north slopes of nahal Gadna canyon. That is "Maale Timna" ascent (400m of very moderate slope). There are very impressive views of both Gadna canyon and Timna valley from Maale Timna.

Another 2.7 km of walking (mainly up) and you will arrive to a high hilly plain from which you can see the first dry fall of Gadna canyon. Leave the trail when possible and cut to the fall by the shortest route.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route description:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching views:

 

 

View of Gadna canyon from the very

beginning of "Maale Timna"

 

 

View of Timna valley from "Maale Timna"

 

 

View of Gadna 1st dry fall from the trail

 

 

 

 

There are 3 dry falls to be abseiled.

 

1.  40m (very inconvenient overhang in the beginning, than 6-7m vertical and the rest is 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 is a stone plate a couple meters from the edge that allows to back up the bolt. 

 

 

The 1st dry fall rappelling station

 

Rappelling down from the 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1st dry fall

 

The 1st dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  15m (7m vertical, then 8m overhanging).

 

There is a single bolt near the edge, connected by rope with a metal ring to pull the rope.*

There were some boulders 8m from the edge that allowed us to back up the bolt. 

The vertical part of the steep is very loose and the danger of falling stones is much more than hypothetic. We were four and two of us where treated with a stone on the head...

Wear helmets and stay away from the wall! 

 

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

The 2nd dry fall rappelling station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd dry fall

 

Rappelling down from the 2nd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The way from the 2nd dry fall to the 3rd one is 1.5km of almost continuous boulder fields. The boulders are up to a building size...

 

 

Walking to the 3rd dry fall

 

The heaven for bouldering-lovers...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  16m high (22m from the station). 11m vertical, then 5m overhanging.

 

There was no prepared rappelling station but there were boulders some 6-7m from the edge.

As well there was a small stone stuck near the edge from the left side. Though we have found some old slings on the stone it seems doubtful to use it as the only anchor.

 

 

The 3rd dry fall rappelling station

 

Rappelling down from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rappelling down from the 3rd dry fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the foot of the dry fall you should walk 650m down the canyon until you will back on the trail marked with red marks. Follow marked trails to the place where you have parked your car.

 

 

The lower stretches of nahal Gadna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.