|Armora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
|Type: ||Trad, 2 pitches, 180'|
|Consensus: || YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]|
|New Route: ||Yes|
|Season: ||All year except rainy season (May to September)|
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|Submitted By: ||nicojah on Apr 12, 2013|
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From the top of the 2nd pitch!
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 like there isn't enough pro, but there is!
The first pitch is sustained 5.9 climbing with no serious crux move. It is sustained and has plenty of protection on high quality basalt.
The second pitch follows an obvious finger crack on climber's right that leads to a even more obvious, crescent-shaped crack that is sometimes flaring, sometimes perfect hand crack.
Don't miss the 2nd pitch as it's much better than the 1st and very straight forward, crack-delightful climbing. There are face holds, crack holds and varies sizes of pro throughout.
The name comes from a Norwegian climber who first attempted this line onsight. At some point below the first anchors, he left a couple nuts and came down. Before being cleaned, the line was very hairy with plants and dirt.
Look for a right-facing crack that angles up and to the left. At the base of the route to the left, there is a small tree.
2 bolt anchors with chains.
Local climber Kassahun tries his first climb ever!
Near the bottom of Oysters Nuts
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