Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New
Login with Facebook
River Rock
Select Route:
Africa Flake 
Drunken Sporto's 
Head Case 
Just to Watch Him Die 
Karl's Variation 
Karls Crack 
Mr. Bigglesworth 
On Safari 
Spring Break 
Total Recall 
UNR Crack 

Africa Flake 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Unknown
Page Views: 1,163
Submitted By: Rick D on Dec 5, 2008
Good Page? 0 people like this page. Your opinion:   

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (14)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Old Custer testing the Cape of Good Hope on Africa...


WARNING: This is the old rating before the Africa Flake broke off... Alot harder now and height dependent. Also can be run out and dirty, might want to take .5"-1" cam for extra protection if needed.

That being said, can be a really fun climb. The crux now is getting to the first bolt without the flake. If you are under 5'11", you might want to start on Karls crack, put a few pieces in, and traverse right over to the second bolt. Make some good, slight overhanging moves. Get to good ledge and traverse right. Make hard unprotected moves up crack (Bring Trad). Finish on chains.


Just to the right of Karls crack.



Comments on Africa Flake Add Comment
Show which comments
By Thrutchtastic
From: Sparks, NV
Jun 5, 2009

The mantle to the first bolt is heady and difficult, but easy to aid through. I'd recommend doing this purely as a sport route. It's spicy, and you'll deck from 40' if you blow the third clip, but--boy--is it ever fun! The climbing lets up once you gain the flake. I'm 5'8", and the reach to the flake isn't that bad. Granted, I haven't climbed it since last season--when did the flake break?

By Colonel Mustard
From: Reno, NV
Apr 17, 2011

I'd definitely recommend a single rack from fingers up to 1" on this. There's a cruxy section right before the third bolt and a fall would be a grounder without additional protection. If you're into that, cool, but fair warning.

This is a quality climb with some very testy moves for the given grade.

By Josh Cameron
Jun 12, 2011

I'm 6 foot and have no problem reaching the flake. My wife is 5'6'' and that is the crux for her. Half the time she makes it, the other half . . . no dice.