Torre Mingos N'zoua Rock Climbing
Routes in Torre Mingos N'zoua
|East Face T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|GPS:||-8.238, 13.87 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Page Views:||167 total, 4/month|
|Shared By:||Pat M on Jun 3, 2014|
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DescriptionGranite tower on the side of a mountain. One route so far up the backside, but many possibilities with all of the cracks on the front side. Well featured and solid granite. View from the summit of the surrounding countryside is incredible.
Definitely watch out for snakes in this area, as it is quite green and there is a lot of forest to cross on the approach. Mambas (the deadliest snake in Africa) are arboreal snakes.
Getting ThereUse imagery from google maps and bing maps. Trail is roughly 1.5 km, but plan on 60-90 minutes due to steepness and vegetation. From the parking area, follow the lefthand branch of the trail that is the continuation of the vehicle track on which you arrived. This will skirt the left edge of a forest, passing through mandioca fields, before heading up the hillside and into a short stretch of forest. When at a junction, always take the fork that turns nearest the direction of the smaller tower 400m to the North of Torre Mingos (it is obvious from the parking area). The trail will leave the forest and climb up a very steep hill in a clearing (still tall grass and bushes). Follow this decent trail up to the base of the smaller tower. When you re-enter the forest, veer right on a good trail in the forest that moves along the shoulder to Torre Mingos. After ~100m, you will see a faint trail dropping down and right. Follow this until it dead ends into a creek. At this point, things get a little ugly. Cross the creek and hack your way up and right the opposite side of the ravine. If you get lucky, you will find the place where we already hacked a hole in the thick shrubs that separate the forest from the grassy shoulder leading to the tower (see satellite imagery). If not, well, you get to cut a new one, so keep looking until you find it. It's literally a hole big enough to squat/crawl through, but the remainder of the brush is so thick you would not be able to move two feet. After popping out onto the shoulder, it is a very obvious path up the shoulder to the tower (to do the East face). The grass can be high, but it's easy to find the way. Do not drop off the shoulder to the right unless you are planning to do a route on the main face of the tower, because there are some small cliffs that will complicate the approach. Follow the shoulder all the way up to the left side of the tower, passing a detached pillar/boulder on the left side. At the base, you will see a cluster of trees and some short oblong boulders. It's possible this area is still clear as we did quite a bit of brush removal during the first and second ascent. The route is the obvious zig-zag crack up the East Face.
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