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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

For the Africa area.

Weather station 13.5 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Massive exposure on the cozy ledge. Now down-climb...

Olympian 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a C0  Africa : Kenya : ... : Main Wall
The mega-classic of HG and Kenya. Barber and others traveled here just to climb this thing. It's long, committing, wandering, and an amazing adventure. There are two hard pitches of 5.10+ that can be easily french-freed so don't let this put you off the rest of an amazing climb.30m left of the gray rockfall, the route starts in a right-facing corner that is hard to spot from the road. About 15m up, the corner is capped by an overhang and a fixed sling on t...[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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