Armora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
Ethiopia's first Sport Climbing Crag, Armora Gedel (Hawk's Cliff) is nearly 500 meters wide and 60 meters high and has very easy access from Addis Ababa. The rock is basalt and offers sport climbs, mixed climbs and some trad climbs as well. All routes published here have bolted anchors. Please see the route descriptions for more info.
The entire cliff is in the shade after midday, and the quality of the rock is high with few broken pieces and weak flakes. There are some plants growing on the rock as well as lichen, but as the rock sees more traffic, the plants will disappear.
There is a small village called Kile above the cliff where climbers can camp with a local family for 40 birr per tent. The village has access to clean water from a nearby well and pump. In Kile, climbers can also purchase local bread (injera), bottled beer, and other delights.
Please respect the local community, and stay on the trails as the farmers are growing wheat in the field at the foot of the wall. As more and more people visit this crag, the locals will become more in tune with rock climbing. Donating old equipment is a fine way to support their interest to safely climbg their own walls, however please donate equipment that is secure, especially when it comes to harnesses & ropes.
Be aware that Ethiopia's rainy season usually extends from mid May to mid September. Climbing days are to be had all the through June and in September as well. In July and August it rarely stops raining long enough for things to dry.
For more info about this wall and other climbing spots around Ethiopia, contact me at email@example.com.
Go to the Farensay neighborhood in the northeast quadrant of Addis Ababa. Take the Farensay road all the way to the end, where minibuses, mid-sized buses and taxis are waiting in a dirt plaza. (This is your last chance to buy fruit, bread, etc.) Turn left and begin driving up the mountain. After a few hundred meters, you will go beyond the houses of the city on a windy dirt road and be surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Stay left when the road forks at a small rock quarry/gravel production. Continue up the road that will meet up with a former large work site. You can park here or continue straight through the work site on a road with really bad cobbles. If you continue, park at the bend in front of a small creek. From this point expect to walk for at least 30 minutes to get to the base of the cliff.
(If you take a taxi you may have to walk from the bus and taxi dirt plaza below. If so, expect about 2 km more walking to get to the above described parking)
On foot, continue walking up the road. As you gain elevation, you might see what appears to be a very big cliff straight in front of you. I say MIGHT because these are eucalyptus forests and whether or not they are felled you will see what you see... Anyway Armora Gedel is literally straight ahead up the valley 1.5km on the left. There are two trails, the main one that goes to the top of the cliff up to the village Kile, and the other to the bottom. Please walk around farmers' plots and respect the locals' animals.
In 2013, taxi prices from the Bole Airport area are some 200 birr to the bus/taxi plaza and you can usually negotiate about 150 birr back to Bole. If you're taking the taxi, you can try to hitchhike up the mountain.
The dirt road also leads up to Kile village in a roundabout way. you part near the church and then it's still a 20-25 minute walk over to the cliff base.
Weather station 7.2 miles from here
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Oysters Nuts 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Africa
: Armora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
Armora Gedel's most populat climb. Climbers need a full rack for Oyster Nuts. The climb starts 2 meters left of Cracked Wheat and angles diagonal left through a series of vertical crack systems. Though the foto shows a lot of plants, there really aren't any plans on the climbing line itself. It has been cleaned by the people who put up the line.After a small bulge, nearly 20m from the ground, the climber pulls over the last bulge to two bolts and quicklinks on the upper headwall. It may seem lik...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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A panorama of Armora Gedel.
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Local boys, future climbers!
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 8, 2013
Interestingly, this seems reminiscent of North Table Mountain in Golden, Colorado...but it seems bigger.
By James Garrett
Nov 15, 2014
It is crimp city on vegetated and licheny holds on generally sound basalt. The approach is longer than 15 minutes and it is crucial to take along some locals who will dissuade the cute kids from tossing rocks off the top. Don't even think about climbing here without a helmet unless you have someone on top controlling the rock toss competition by local kids. Though this is addis ababa, this is "out in the country side" compared to Addis. Expect extremely sporty bolt spacing.
From: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nov 25, 2014
In 2+ years there has been only one incident of rock throwing. Let's not generalize. The crag is safe, villagers are friendly. Having somebody who can speak a little bit of the language is always helpful. Melkam Climbing!!!
By James Garrett
Nov 25, 2014
The rock tossing comment is meant for any climbers visiting that are new to the area and not fluent in Amaric as Nico is. Rocks are more common than once in 2+ years, for sure, unfortunately.