Array ( [0] => 105708955 [1] => 105907743 [2] => 106135596 [3] => 106137288 [4] => 106142708 [5] => 109677769 ) Rock Climbing Routes & Photos in Main Wall, Africa
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The main event at Hell's Gate: everything else is just practice. Main Wall has a plethora of multi-pitch routes, from 2 to 5 pitches, and all of them an adventure. The climbing is steep and exposed, and often dirty and loose: be willing to wade through vegetation and bird shit to get to the gems. Apart from Amazing Journey, this is not the place for beginners, so you should be prepared for a full-value climb when you hop on. Despite all of the difficulties, the good climbing is arguably the best in Kenya. Of course, brush up on your crack skills, though there are few long sustained and continuous cracks.

The bottom pitches are usually solid and difficult, while the top pitches are often very loose and crumbly. Keep your head on straight.

Plenty of aid climbs waiting to be freed.

For proper route descriptions, pick up a guidebook from the Mountain Club of Kenya. This is not the kind of place you want to get off-route or lost.

No bolted belays, some pins exist. Bailing means leaving gear, and storms come up suddenly in the afternoon during the rainy season. Very hot in the dry seasons.

Descent: All routes top out, except for the ones on Gold Rush Buttress. For routes on the left side of Main Wall, the walk off is to the left to the campsite. BE AWARE OF BUFFALO IN THE BUSH UP TOP AS YOU WALK OFF. Make noise! For routes on the right side, there is a large tree at the edge of the cliff on the right side that is equipped for abseil. It is 60 m of free-hanging rap, so make sure you have two ropes.

Getting There 

Drive, taxi, or matatu to Hell's Gate through Naivasha and you can't miss it when you pull into the park.

Climbing Season

For the Africa area.

Weather station 13.5 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Main Wall
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: Full 60m abseil off the tree on the right side (tw...
Full 60m abseil off the tree on the right side (tw...
Rock Climbing Photo: The main wall visible between Fischer's tower and ...
The main wall visible between Fischer's tower and ...

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