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Africa Rock Climbing 


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Location: 5.266, 24.7852 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Camster (Rhymes with Hamster) on Apr 5, 2008  with updates from Justin Mattison
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Description 

This is a huge continent with every type of climbing imagineable.

Getting There 

Fly via Europe. East and South Africa have the biggest climbing commnunities.

Climbing Season



Weather station 24.7 miles from here

600 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',109],['3 Stars',205],['2 Stars',166],['1 Star',78],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',49],['5.7',27],['5.8',45],['5.9',77],['5.10',164],['5.11',76],['5.12',43],['5.13',9],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',10],['V2-3',37],['V4-5',22],['V6-7',17],['V8-9',14],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',7],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Africa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Africa:
Toubkal Standard Route        , 2000'   Morocco : Jbel Toubkal
The Rhino   V8+ 7B+     Boulder, 18'   The Pass : Rhino Boulders
western breach   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     , 2556'   Tanzania : Kilimanjaro
Arrow Final   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   South Africa : Table Mountain
Southeast Face of Nelion    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches, 1200'   Kenya : Mt Kenya
Jacobs Ladder   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   South Africa : Table Mountain
Easy Eshi   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Ethiopia : Amora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
Snakeskin Safari Suit   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Wonderland crags : Hallucinogen Wall
Atkilt Tera   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   Ethiopia : Amora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
Tenish Tenish   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Ethiopia : Amora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
Albert   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   Todra Gorge : Pilier Du Couchant
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Featured Route For Africa
Rock Climbing Photo: Cracked Wheat (on the right).

Cracked Wheat 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Africa : Ethiopia : Amora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
Cracked Wheat was the first route bolted at the wall and called thus due to the farmer's wheat stalks that were growing at the base of the wall and lightly stomped over on the route's first ascent (by toprope).This route, from a climbing perspective, has many styles of climbing over high quality rock. Here you will try all types of moves, power, balance and stretch. P1: This pitch is harder than the next pitch and requires pulling on slopers, small edges and careful balance. The first pitch is ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Mark Elliot
Oct 21, 2008
I have climbed both Mt. Kenya, and Mt. Kilimanjaro (twice). I have great contacts and know the program for getting around, backwards and forwards. I'll post some photos and info when it's not 2 am.
By Katie Gr
Jan 13, 2011
Hey Mark, I will be in Kenya and was hoping to get some beta from you about climbing Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro. I'd appreciate any info ya got...
By Lukas S
From: Longmont, CO
Nov 29, 2012
Looking for more specific info regarding climbing in West Africa, specifically potential in Senegal. If there is some nearby, that would be helpful also. Please, any tips would be appreciated!
By James Garrett
Oct 19, 2015
Why NO comments or entries about Nigeria???? Zuma Rock looks awesome and apparently only one quality route on this huge granite dome? Anybody been there recently?

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