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Africa T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Description

This is one of the most committing and intimidating places in El Chorro. The routes here rarely see ascents - not because of the difficulty, but because of the position. To access any of the routes, you must rappel out of the tunnel in the middle of the wall and head 60 meters below to the river. Once you've rapped in, you either have to climb out or jump into the river.

The routes here tend to ascend long crack systems and take traditional gear. Africa in particular is known to be a bit of a sandbag. There is an escape ledge that will get you back to the tunnel if you choose not to top out, but you still have to climb 60 meters from the river to get there.

Getting There

Access via the Camino del Ray. Once on the walkway, cross the large pipe bridge at the mouth of the gorge and look for a small tunnel on the left. Crawl into the tunnel and snake around to the left. Once at the end, you will rap over 50 meters to a small ledge just above the river. The routes all start here.

Descent

To get down, traverse to the climber's right toward one of the abseil points and rap back to the tunnel. There is also an escape ledge about half way up the wall that will get you to the tunnel via easy 5th. If you don't make it back up to the tunnel, then rap down to the ledge, jump into the river and swim home.

Conditions and Protection

Africa Wall will get a lot of wind and afternoon shade. It can be 20 degrees cooler in the gorge than at sunny crags, and that is not counting wind chill. Take this into consideration.

Finally, the bolts and fixed gear on the wall have been there for a long while. Use caution and don't hesitate to back up anything that looks like it needs backing up.

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