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Magic Smelly Poodle T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Tewlihe ("The Sharp One") S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
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Elevation: 6,000 ft
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The climbing history is relatively recent with Pat Littlejohn and party from the UK making some of the earliest till then unclimbed tower first ascents after the new millenium. The tallest one on the northern end was named Sheba. They also did the FA of Abu Yemata. Local names can sometimes be frustrating to research. Geoff Tabin and Timmy O'Neill climbed another wide horror fest on the middle one. Niels Tietze from Utah also climbed a number of the spires. Italian and Spanish climbing history has also been reported. In terms of first ascent history, this area with its plethora of still unclimbed free standing desert sandstone spires is probably similar to Utah's Canyon Country in the late 60's or early 70s!In other words, it is a gold mine of unclimbed spires.
November through February may be the driest and best climbing months. The featured sandstone seems a cross between Wadi Rum in Jordan, Red Rocks in the USA (NV), and Castle Valley Utah sandstone, though it is definitely not Wingate hardness.

Getting There [Edit]

About 3 hours north west of Mekele. To put it in proper perspective, the Gheralta region is the Ethiopian equivalent of Canyonlands, Castle Valley, and the Moab area of Utah USA with its sandstone walls and towers. It is smaller and more compact than Utah's vast Canyon Country.

Approaches to the Koraro Spires (often referred to as the Nebelet Spires, but the town of Nebelet has its own set of spires) take about 30 minutes to an hour depending on conditions and how close you can drive. The Tourist Lodge in Hawzien (3 hours from Mekele) is the cheapest option at about 7 USD night but for a few dollars more you can stay at the luxurious Gheralta Lodge (with views of the Gheralta) run by expat Italian Silvio and serving gourmet Italian cuisine.
All driving approach times are relevant and current road conditions must be taken into account. The 15km drive to the spires from Hawzien for example can take about an hour to drive

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adoit90
Atlanta, GA
adoit90   Atlanta, GA
I don't know where this place is, but it most definitely NOT in Indiana, USA like the map says. If someone who actually knows the location wants to correct it, that'd probably be a good idea. Apr 6, 2014

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