Elevation: 8,000 ft
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Shared By: nicojah Parco on May 9, 2013
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Description

These walls are located on the north side of the Entoto Mountain Chain near Addis Ababa and have exceptional views of the Sululta Valley and the Bahir Dar road below. This area is perhaps most famous for Hyena Point, which attracts some tourist during the day who are on the hunt for hyenas. This area was first developed by a US sport climber back in the 90s, likely Ethiopia's first attempted climbing development.

The rock is basalt like Armora Gedel, high quality and worth the visit (if not for the view and the chance to leave Addis Ababa). On the other hand, it takes a big longer to drive to these walls than Armora Gedel.

Keep and eye on your stuff, one friend lost a set of nuts to a sneaky boy, who all he wants in life is to become a trad climber!

Getting There

Take the Entoto Road that goes north from Siddist Kilo past the US Embassy. Follow this road up to the mountain top, and take the dirt road north and then east. Follow the road for another 5km and park on the left among the eucalyptis trees. It's definitely not an easy crag to find, so you can contact me or one of the members of our group for better directions. nico.parco@gmail.com.

The Crag

You can access both walls from a hard to find dirt road on the south side of the wall and then take a trail hiker's left of Hyena Point, a green and wooded area where dozens of hyenas live that attracts hikers and tourists on the weekend.

Hyena's Secret is a one route wall west of Hyena Point. The wall is burnt orange and leads up to a darker, lichen-covered basalt. There are 5 bolts, and it's mixed climbing with three places for gear in between bolts.

Dave's Fall is east of the Hyena Den. There is a huge flake to the right of Dave's Fall (that can also be climbed on toprope). There is some potential for more routes on Dave's Fall and in the area in general.

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