Climbing in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)


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Oren · · Bronx, NY · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 0

Hey y'all,

Work is sending me to Cote d'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) for 3 weeks (and probably several times as follow-up in the future), and I'm going to miss climbing if I can't do any out there. I don't know if there's any developed in CI; I'll be based in Abidjan, and while I don't have the space to bring my rack, I can fit in a pair of shoes and a harness and helmet.

Mountain Project was amazing with putting me in contact with climbing in Namibia, and I've done some amazing climbing out there thanks to y'all, and I'd love to repeat it in CI. Does anyone know of any climbing clubs or people living in Cote d'Ivoire that might know how to go about climbing out there? Or even if there's a climbing gym I can at least enjoy the plastic of? I may have evenings to go, and definitely weekends.

Any help/guidance would be much appreciated (as for timing, I arrive in Abidjan this upcoming Saturday and leave to come back stateside June 16th).

Thanks,

Oren

Ashleigh Charara · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 0

Hey, Oren, 

I am also interested to know if there's any climbing in CI. I am getting ready to move there in August! Were you able to find out any information? 

I read online that there's some sport possibilities in the north, as well as near the coast of San Pedro, but I am not sure how accurate the information is. 

Let me know!

Thanks, 

Ashleigh 

amockalypsenow · · San Diego · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 690

Nothing productive to add here, but curious about what work brings you both to CI. ? Envious.

I'll never forget the time in Benin when I befriended a mercenary from CI who had been hired to fight for Gaddaffi and then been forced into exile from both Libya and CI when Gaddaffi fell. I almost pissed myself when he cheerfully told me about how killing people was his passion.

Oren · · Bronx, NY · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 0

Hey y'all,

So far, no dice on finding places to climb there. I'm still looking though, so Ashleigh, let me know if after you move there, you find anything! I'm the laboratory scientist for a multinational HIV study, and CI is one of my countries that I travel to often (heading back in another week or so). When I was in Namibia, I met a guy who was a soldier in Angola, and I think he shared pretty much the same attitude, though without the exile.

Oren

Jakub Kondelka · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

Hey guys, it seems I was doing same research as you. I didn't find anything, but I will be in Abidjan in 2 weeks till end of October. Feel free to connect on FB : Jakub Kondelka. Maybe we find/create something together or can at least go bouldering outside perhaps. It'd be great to meet fellow climbers over here in CI.  P.S. - I am in Man now. There is plenty of potential - some nice slabs and ton of bouldering too. If developed, this could be a good climbing location.

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