Rappelling from the 1st dry fall
The route type:
The canyon is dry all the year round but be wary about floods during winter rains.
You must have your own rope loops and metal rings to reinforce the existing stations or to build new.
Drive on road
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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 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...