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Africa Rock Climbing 

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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

414 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',49],['3 Stars',130],['2 Stars',122],['1 Star',72],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Africa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Africa:
Toubkal Standard Route   Mod. Snow     Snow, 2000'   Morocco : Jbel Toubkal
western breach   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Mod. Snow     Snow, 2556'   Tanzania : Kilimanjaro
Arrow Final   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   South Africa : Table Mountain
Southeast Face of Nelion (17,021')   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
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: Trish Gaertner on the traverse pitch of Jacobs Lad...

Jacobs Ladder 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Africa : South Africa : Table Mountain
A must do classic. This route is an excellent introduction the airy traverses found on Table Mountain.Approach:Facing the mountain, hike to the far left side of Staircase Ledge. You will have to shuffle around an awkward boulder and step onto a well worn tree. This marks the start of the route.P1, 12 meters, grade 14. Starting from the tree climb a crack near the arĂȘte until you reach an overhang. Build a cramped belay in the pod below the overhang.P2, 35 meters, grade 16. From the pod traverse...[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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