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Armora Gedel (Addis Ababa)

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Armora Gedel (Addis Ababa)  

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Submitted By: nicojah on Apr 12, 2013
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Ethiopia's first Sport Climbing Crag is nearly 500 meters wide and 60 meters high and has very easy access from Addis Ababa. The rock is basalt and offers sport climbs, mixed climbs and some trad climbs as well. All routes published here have bolted anchors. Please see the route descriptions for more info.

The entire cliff is in the shade after midday, and the quality of the rock is high with few broken pieces and weak flakes. There are some plants growing on the rock, but as the rock sees more traffic, the plants will disappear.

There is a small village called Kile above the cliff where climbers can camp with a local family for 40 birr per tent. The village has access to clean water from a nearby well and pump. In Kile, climbers can also purchase local bread (injera), bottled beer, and other delights.

Please respect the local community, and stay on the trails as the farmers are growing wheat in the field at the foot of the wall. As more and more people visit this crag, the locals will become more in tune with rock climbing. Donating old equipment is a fine way to support their interest to safely climbg their own walls, however please donate equipment that is secure, especially when it comes to harnesses & ropes.

For more info about this wall and other climbing spots around Ethiopia, contact me at nico.parco@gmail.com.

Getting There 

Go to the Farensay neighborhood in the northeast quadrant of Addis Ababa. Take the Farensay road all the way to the end, where minibuses, mid-sized buses and taxis are waiting in a dirt plaza. (This is your last chance to buy fruit, bread, etc.) Turn left and begin driving up the mountain. After a few hundred meters, you will go beyond the houses of the city on a windy dirt road and be surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Stay left when the road forks at a small rock quarry/gravel production. Continue up the road that will meet up with a large work site with enormous trucks are moving earth back and forth throughout the city. You can park here or continue straight through the work site on a road with really bad cobbles. If you continue, park at the big bend in front of a small creek.

(If you take a taxi you may have to walk from the bus and taxi dirt plaza below. If so, expect about 15 minutes extra walking to get to the above described parking)

On foot, continue walking up the road. As you gain elevation, you will see what appears to be a very big cliff straight in front of you. This is Armora Gedel. There are two trails, one that goes to the top of the cliff up to the village Kile, and the other to the bottom. Please walk around farmers' plots and respect the locals' animals.

In 2013, taxi prices from the Bole Airport area are some 200 birr to the bus/taxi plaza and you can usually negotiate about 150 birr back to Bole.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

11 Total Routes

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

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Leading, a few feet below the crux roof.

Jegna Almotem 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Africa : Ethiopia : Armora Gedel (Addis Ababa)
This climb starts to the right of the big tree at the base of Tara Gaga. There is an obvious finger crack (your first piece of pro) in a sea of orange lichen. Gain a ledge and you will see the climb's first bolt. Place 2 or 3 pieces throughout the next 15-20 feet goes over steep, darker basalt with awesome formations and horizontal edges. There are some bolts and then the roof crux. Pull over the roof onto the harder, smoother orange basalt column. Three more bolts and then the anchors.Jegna Alm...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Armora Gedel (Addis Ababa) Slideshow Add Photo
Pure Beauty!
Pure Beauty!
Sizin' up the wall.
Sizin' up the wall.
A panorama of Armora Gedel.
A panorama of Armora Gedel.
Nico & Matt considering the cliff size of Enkefet
Nico & Matt considering the cliff size of Enkefet
Left climber on Oyster Nuts, the dude on the right is on Cracked Wheat.
Left climber on Oyster Nuts, the dude on the right...
Sizin' up the Cliff.
Sizin' up the Cliff.
Climber on toprope going up Tara Gaga
Climber on toprope going up Tara Gaga
Bolting in Ethiopia.
Bolting in Ethiopia.
Climber on Enkefet (5.11+) on Armora Gedel.
Climber on Enkefet (5.11+) on Armora Gedel.
Part of the test crew!
Part of the test crew!
For full PDF topo contact nico.parco@gmail.com
For full PDF topo contact nico.parco@gmail.com
Local boys, future climbers!
Local boys, future climbers!

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By Darrell S
Jul 12, 2013
Anyone want to climb here next Tuesday? ...have a long day layover :) 8+ yrs leading, have gear.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 8, 2013
Interestingly, this seems reminiscent of North Table Mountain in Golden, Colorado...but it seems bigger.