ROCK CLIMBING AT HELLS GATE

KSH3,400

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Kenya is the true cradle of African rock climbing. While American climbers were scaling Yosemite walls in the 1960s and '70s, European ex-patriots were putting up first ascents in Africa on various crags around Nairobi.

Hell's Gate may be the most amazing, since it is also a national park. It is abundant with big herds of zebras and giraffes, while the near Naivasha lake is full of flamingos. Climbing there means a great safari-tour at the same time.

...And most importantly

The Entrance Wall has some perfectly clean splitters, very much like Indian Creek, and just as slick. The rock is hard slate. The cracks vary in size from thin fingers to hands to offwidth, with many lines next to each other, and they all have an anchor on top. We called it the "sport-trad.” Farther down is the Main Wall with multi-pitch climbs of similar quality of rock, but not as clean and with slightly challenging route-finding



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