This is the last one of the Big 4 Canyons towards Jebel Jais. Same East Flank.
GPS N 25° 53 38.2 E 056° 07 11.6
With the new Jebel
Jais Road, you dont need to scramble up the 500 meter to the top of the canyon. You can make an easy start at N 25° 54 11.00 E
56° 08 00.97 (car park) From that point, head straight up the gully to the entrance of the canyon.
About 1.8 clicks upward hike,
just past the housen and the farms build on the top of the gully.
N 25° 54 18.85 E 56° 07 13.62 (canyon starting point) Once arrived
here, you have 6 great abseils in front of you. With a relatively easy downwards hike, mostly in the shade. Its roughly 500 meter
down till canyon end. Of this, 140 meter is rappel. 360 meter is scrambling down in rock chaos.
No danger of flashfloods, canyon is
Bit of loose rock but mostly solid boulders and breathtaking views.
Hiking time from car park to canyon end : 4 hours.
For this canyon you will need two 60 meter ropes for abseiling. (or 2 x 50 meter will do) The canyon is fully bolted with Rap Chains.
The raps are
R1 7 meter Possible to climb down
R2 12 meter
R3 20 meter
R4 40 meter 30 meter
spider wire rap
R5 15 meter - possible to climb down
R6 45 meter
Stephane from climbing7 described the canyon as
"Un Petit Canyon Sympa". You can find nice pics on his website
AT A GLIMPSE
Activities: abseiling, hiking, climbing, scrambling
DIRECTIONS AND SHORT DESCRIPTION
Although there is a multitude of dry canyons in Ras Al Khaimah, the following ones are generally considered to be the 4 Queens.
trio of East Flank Jebel Jais (Jebel Jais Road)
And the fourth one located on the West
coast. (Road to Musandam)
All of these canyons offer spectacular descents and breathtaking landscapes.
days overnight hike is possible starting at Thunder Canyon. Overnight on the plateau and next day, descent via the Wasat Canyon.
above canyons need 2 sets of 70 meter rope and the ability to abseil.
With the lack of water and the weight of the gear, a group of
2 to 3 is advisable.
Most of these canyons are bolted and have adequate abseil stations. Please do check the conditions
of the bolts before trusting them with your weight? Some might need tightening after a long hot summer.