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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: Steep exposure on the final roof crack.

The Razor's Edge 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Africa : Kenya : ... : Main Wall
Amazing crack climbing and face traversing through improbable scenery. Steep and overhanging near the top - the exposure is real!1. Start directly below trees at 15m - direct up to fist crack and ledges to belay in tree.2. Climb through tree and traverse horizontal left across the bottom edge of the wide, blank slab until you reach the Fish Finger crack.3. Up Fish Finger crack, step right onto flaky slab below roof, and traverse trending up and right into base of white corner. Up this corner to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Hells Gate Slideshow Add Photo
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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