Our first climbing in Kenya was at Ndeiya. We have yet to find anyone
else who has climbed at this crag but it sounded promising in the International
Mountain guide to East Africa. A steep walk in led us to Morning Shade
(the first route we came to) and was quite enjoyable. The only problem
was the ropes jamming after the abseil but we were back at Nelly before
Next Tuesday we made our way to a meeting of the Mountain
Club of Kenya, their clubhouse is at Wilson airport and they meet every
Tuesday from 8pm, take your rock boots. There, we were filled with enthusiasm
for climbing and sold guidebooks to Lukenya and Frog.
Our next outing was to Lukenya where we did Golden Anniversary,
again the first route we located at the crag. This is a great route but
definitely felt under-graded at VS, the traverse at ¾ height has
to be one of the best traverses at that grade anywhere
Next crag was Frog, the premiere (read only) sport climbing
crag in Kenya. The approach to bolting is a bit sketchy but a good crag
none the less. We did some excellent routes here with Lie of the Mind
being the most memorable also World Gone Wrong, Trader Horn, Naked Edge,
Flight of Fancy and Calling Elvis (in no particular order).
The next crag we visited was Fischer’s tower in Hell’s
Gate NP. A tall spire of rock is surrounded by rock hyraxes, guinea pig
like creatures, in a beautiful setting. We did a couple of routes here,
not sure of the exact names but fun none the less, and descents aided
by the staples at the top.
And then the Maxi Dash. We didn’t finish but had
a great day out despite the puncture. The idea of the competition is to
get as many points as possible by climbing as many routes as possible
at as many crags as possible. The winners managed 12 routes at three crags;
we almost managed 6 at three crags but only completed 5 at two crags before
darkness fell. Bar-b-q and drinking ensued.