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L'arche de Kamadjan (The Kamadjan Arch) 

Siby Rock Climbing 

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Siby is an area of seemingly infinite rock climbing potential. Fortunately a group of very friendly Malians have begun a climbing/tourist community at the base of the cliff formations in this area. These guys have been trained in Chamonix, France and have established many routes on formations throughout the area. The rock quality is very good but is characteristic of any developing area (both the advantages and disadvantages of little route traffic). Currently the routes range from 4+ to 8a+ but there is a huge potential for more climbing including difficult trad climbs.
Although one is technically able to climb here unassisted, it should be noted that by obtaining a guide, one is supporting a unique and small community of African climbers, many of whom earn their livelihood by showing tourists around this area. They have a good knowledge of the terrain and even if one wants to climb something new, they have many suitable suggestions.

Getting There 

About a 45 minute drive from intown Bamako

Climbing Season

Weather station 99.0 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: overview of the route (where we began rope climbin...

Pinnacle Column (North-East Face) 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Africa : Mali : ... : L'arche de Kamadjan (The Ka...
Close to the Arch, there lies a good, albeit short hand crack that splits a column shaped formation just south-west of the main route going up the Arch's south face. This crack remains predominantly in the shade and provides a nice traditional alternative to climbing the arch's backside, which is most often piping hot in the sun.The rock is corral-esque so good rope management is advised to prevent frays. We also noticed a rather large colony of bats live deep within this crack. Be wary not to s...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: So many cliffs...
So many cliffs...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just one of the amazing formations at Siby
Just one of the amazing formations at Siby
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Rock Climbing Photo: On top of one of the many boulders in Siby looking...
On top of one of the many boulders in Siby looking...

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