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Mt Kenya after fresh snow

Description 

Kenya is blessed with an enormous amount and variety of rock, incredible wildlife, and storied climbing history. This makes it a perfectly unique destination for anyone looking for adventure climbing of all sorts in remote and beautiful settings.

From roadside crags near Nairobi to unclimbed big-walls in the north to the alpine wonderland of Mt Kenya: whatever get you stoked, Kenya has it. The only thing it doesn't have is crowds or a large volume of sport climbing. Bring your rack, bring your ice tools, bring your machete!

Note: Most crags face sensitive access issues, particularly those outside national parks and near villages. Please contact the Mountain Club of Kenya to get the latest updates and advice.

Mountain Club of Kenya

Getting There 

Nairobi is an international hub so it is very easy to get to. Most flights from North America go through Europe or Dubai. Once here, getting around is quite easy. Public buses run most places and rental cars are cheap.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.7 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',6],['5.8',6],['5.9',12],['5.10',17],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Kenya

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kenya:
Southeast Face of Nelion    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches, 1200'   Mt Kenya
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Featured Route For Kenya
Rock Climbing Photo: The finish

Seventh Wave 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Africa : Kenya : ... : Main Wall
From the block belay at the top of the first pitch of Arthur's Horror, a variety of lines go through the overhangs above. Most of them have marginal gear and good holds to the overhang, then one or two bolts to thin finishes. Seventh Wave is the line directly up and slightly left of the belay, passing the massive thread-through on the left and aiming for a single bolt above some juggy moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Kenya Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Kenya from the Mackinder Valley.
Mount Kenya from the Mackinder Valley.
Rock Climbing Photo: MASAI-MARA  There are some interesting giant bould...
MASAI-MARA There are some interesting giant bould...
Rock Climbing Photo: The amphitheatre bivy.
The amphitheatre bivy.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hope you like crack climbing.
Hope you like crack climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Kenya, North Face Standard Route, Grade IV 5...
Mount Kenya, North Face Standard Route, Grade IV 5...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the top of Cat after climbing a three pitch FA ...
On the top of Cat after climbing a three pitch FA ...
Rock Climbing Photo: HELL'S GATE NP Photo taken from the base of the &q...
HELL'S GATE NP Photo taken from the base of the &q...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tsavo
Tsavo
Rock Climbing Photo: KIT MIKAYI CRACK (5.10?)
KIT MIKAYI CRACK (5.10?)
Rock Climbing Photo: It was too hot, buggy, and smelly for this crack d...
It was too hot, buggy, and smelly for this crack d...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nothing like a post-climb Tusker
Nothing like a post-climb Tusker
Rock Climbing Photo: KIT MIKAYI These are sacred rocks on Kenyan Wildli...
KIT MIKAYI These are sacred rocks on Kenyan Wildli...
Rock Climbing Photo: There's even good bouldering scattered around.
There's even good bouldering scattered around.
Rock Climbing Photo: Typical rock on Main Wall
Typical rock on Main Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Nairobi on the way to Mt. Kenya
Nairobi on the way to Mt. Kenya
Rock Climbing Photo: Rockin the jimbe in Nanyuki!
Rockin the jimbe in Nanyuki!
Rock Climbing Photo: Lots of climbing for new leaders as well
Lots of climbing for new leaders as well

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By Fiksman
Aug 27, 2015
Kenya has a long history of climbing with well developed crags near Nairobi as well as a wonderful assortment of "bush" adventure climbs. Guidebooks are available for most areas through the Mountain Club of Kenya (MCK). Also, a list of climbs is being maintained on the (MCK Forum page:

mck.or.ke/open-forum/post/2177...

There has been some considerable changes to grades and aid removal in Hells Gate. These are SLOWLY being added to the Forum as time permits.

When visiting Kenya for climbing, please treat it as an established climbing area as opposed to virgin ground where "anything goes".

Thanks and enjoy!
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Dec 14, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Kenyan Climbing by Kenyon Trout 2015
Kenyan Climbing by
Kenyon Trout 2015

The map was not extended north because Poi and other areas up north are just too dangerous.
By Vincent Owino
Feb 20, 2016
WHO WE ARE: YAGO B BOULDERING
We are climbers/boulders(outdoor), guides, hiking team and guides, tour and safari organization based here in Kisumu City operating in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Our Mission is to provide patrons of all ages a fun, climbing skills, promote tourism in East Africa, safe environment in which to exercise, socialize, and gain new and distinct culture, lifestyle, experience through bouldering.
Our goal is to maximize our clients/friends/customers satisfaction and value according to their demands. To us the client/customer/friend is supreme.
Objectives
Yago B Bouldering plans on achieving these objectives:
· To establish a small community trading hub/village center for daily food stuff to the entire community.
· To offer after school youth and school going kids climbing programs, hence remove them from the slums to come out and climb thus foster their skills
· To offer after school youth micro business training programs through bouldering activities
· To establish affordable traditional chilling out point for both locals and international tourist and climbers
· Become the primary center for outdoor climbing in the greater Yago in Seme Sub County area.

You can reach us on vincentowinodon@yahoo.com or on our website on yagobouldering.com or on facebook page at Yago B Bouldering our phone number is +254703888367

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