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Hells Gate Rock Climbing 

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The Main Wall - several dozen lines all along the ...


A brilliant volcanic gorge with great multi-pitch basalt climbing in the Great Rift Valley, only 1.5 hours from Nairobi.

Despite the road-side nature, be prepared for adventurous routes. This weekend crag has been a nexus of Kenyan climbing for decades. It demands most of the tricks in your book, and will teach you a few others on the way.

Nevertheless, there's nothing like the setting and history of Hell's Gate: clipping fixed pins from the 70's and jamming bomber cracks above grazing zebra and giraffe, with the occasional bush in your face, will be an unforgettable experience.

There's many, many more routes than listed here all along the gorge, so grab a guidebook from the MCK, grab your thin and wide gear, and get after it!

Getting There 

get a taxi from nairobi!

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.5 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Apologies for the blurry photo

Stiletto 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Africa : Kenya : ... : Main Wall
Another classic that finds its way up the right side of Main Wall, about 100m to the right of the massive grey rockfall scar. Find the start up the hill, just below and right of a bushy tree growing one pitch up. Its easy to go off-route so get the guidebook. Also watch for loose blocks on the last pitch.1. 30m Up a good crack and step right to a ledge. One of few bolted belays at HG on your right.2. 25m Up slightly and step right on buttress and up to ledge. Move up left then back right to stee...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Crazy positions on Olympian Direct
Crazy positions on Olympian Direct
Rock Climbing Photo: Hope you like crack climbing.
Hope you like crack climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fischer's cliff
Fischer's cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Hard climbing on Andromeda
Hard climbing on Andromeda
Rock Climbing Photo: Entrance area cracks are great training - most hav...
Entrance area cracks are great training - most hav...
Rock Climbing Photo: Typical rock on Main Wall
Typical rock on Main Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Fischer's Tower
Fischer's Tower

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By James Garrett
Oct 25, 2016
Any partners available in mid November for climbing? Which is more recommended? Hellsgate ? Or Lukenya? Or both? May have a free week.

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