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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Nov 13, 2013
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

It looks Like I am going to be in Tanzania for the summer of 2014, maybe longer. Does anyone have any beta about or knowledge of sport or trad climbing around Arusha. Does it exist, is it develop-able? Is there any resource that I could research online or guidebook wise. Any info would be appreciated.


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By MattG.
From Palatine, IL
Nov 13, 2013

I did a little bouldering when I was there, but couldn't find any information on anything other than that.


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By Sam Keller
Dec 6, 2013
Finger cracking in Indian Creek!

I would love to find out about this. I love Tanzania. It would be a dream to climb there.


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By Jonathan Dull
From NC High County
Dec 6, 2013
Edge of a Dream

Not sure which parts you'll be in but I came across this post the other day.

mountainproject.com/v/bouldering-in-rural-kenya-kit-mikayi/1>>>

Seems relevant.


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Dec 7, 2013
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Thanks for the link Jonathan.


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Feb 9, 2014
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Update.
I have been doing alot of research on climbing in Tanzania. I have yet to find anything of developed routes or crags. Still looking.
I have however found some very interesting pictures. The following are from the Usambara Mountains A couple hours south east of Arusha that I found in a google search.

www.gecko-adventure.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/usambara->>>

I also found this picture of the Uluguru Mountains closer to Dar.
So anyway if any one has any info about climbing in Tanzania or interest in climbing there this summer please let me know.


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Mar 11, 2014
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Check out Mount Landanai. From what I can find on google and google maps it is granite or something similar and the face is around a thousand feet. It is about 170 kilometers south east of Arusha.

Mount Landanai
Mount Landanai


mount landanai
mount landanai


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By Tyler Phillips
Mar 13, 2014
Reaching big on Coloradoddity

Mt. Meru might have a technical face somewhere.

https://www.google.com/search?q=mt+meru&rlz=1C1LENP_enUS541U>>>


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Mar 24, 2014
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Mt. Landanai
Mt. Landanai


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By Bergman
Mar 28, 2014

I lived in Tanzania for a while about 10 years ago. Is it your first time to eastern Africa?

I did the trek up mt Meru - you would nee d a special permit to climb there - its a National Park, and one of the requirements is to travel with am armed Park guide. We were actually charged by a few elephants there, and the guides had to fire more than a few shots off to scare them away.

But there is lots of good rock, as mentioned above, even on the road to Dar.

My only advice is that you will not find much in the way of good gear there, so bring your own, and most importantly driving times are muchg, much longer. We figured 40km and hour of non-highway travel was doing really good. Most of time it was closer to 25km/hour max. The dirt roads are rough, but the highway is half-decent, especially around Arusha.


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Mar 28, 2014
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Thanks for the info Bergman. Not my first time to east africa, I spent ten months in Ethiopia, So i understand what you are saying about bad roads.
I'd say getting charged by elephants while hiking a fourteener is a uniquely african experience. Legit story.
I am planning on taking as much gear as I can justify, probably at least a rope and my rack.


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By Tyler Phillips
Apr 2, 2014
Reaching big on Coloradoddity

Bobby, make sure to let us know what you find out in terms of accessibility and any sort of technical climbing. I'm really interested to hear about it!


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Apr 2, 2014
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Tyler,
The plan is to set up some new routes if i can find a partner over there, but failing that i would definitely be posting up lots of photos and info hoping to get people stoked.


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By Paul Hunnicutt
From Boulder, CO
Apr 2, 2014
Half Dome

There were some sweet boulders in Serengeti Nat. Park, but I was advised not to climb them because there could be jaguars, baboons, or lion hiding among them. Which was interesting, because a ton of boulders were 50' from our unfenced tent camping area. Sure enough when we woke up there was a pair of lions mating 100 yards from our tent. I asked why don't the animals come into the campsite and our guide said "I don't know, they just don't...no need to worry"

You might try around the general Lushoto region and Usambara Mountains. Around Mtae and the Mambo viewpoint there was definitely rock...whether it is work climbing I don't know. It seemed to be more on the escarpment facing the plains than in the hills around Lushoto.


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Apr 2, 2014
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Paul,
I have heard about massive boulder fields up near the Kenyan border. Lions getting it on would be a damper though.
Did you get to spend much time in the Usambura Mountains. It looks like a really neat part of the world regardless of climbing potential.


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By Todd Cook
From Hawthorne, CA
Apr 3, 2014
me in Africa

I was there in 2011 and I was eyeballing extensively for climbing opportunities. Most often I saw sandstone (?) like formations nearby, like this:

near Arusha, typical formation
near Arusha, typical formation


These were very close to fields and roads and seemed the most promising.

I asked my guide about climbing and hiking and trekking and breaking trail, etc, and he pretty much said "We don't do that here. Unless you're a shepherd bringing cattle somewhere..." I brushed it off, but...

Further into the bush and up a mountain, near the Ngorongoro crater, along the dirt road we were traveling, I photographed this puff adder.
Puff adder, found alongside a dirt road.
Puff adder, found alongside a dirt road.


Every year, puff adders kill lots of Tanzanians. Later, at another camp, I learned a guide had detoured a simple nature walk to pulled us out of the way of a spitting cobra he spotted near camp. He neglected to tell us and only told our guide, who confessed the truth days later.

Man eaters, check.
Poisonous snakes, check.
Malaria, check.
Jungle humidity, check.
Hyenas that make coyotes look like golden retrievers, check.
Tsetse flies that can bite through denim, check!
If you insist on going "way out there" don't skimp on water treatment or thoroughly cooking everything--I won't even bother to relate the weird Africa amoeba stories I've heard.
...It's hard to come up with a more inhospitable place for outdoor activities.

I don't mean to burst your bubble or shatter your dream of climbing in Tanzania, but outside of the well traveled Kilimanjaro routes, I would exercise extreme caution. Pack *a lot* of meds, and don't skimp on your first aid. Otherwise there are easier ways to get a first ascent story in the American Alpine Journal.

Climbing? that's the easy part.

Happy trails!

Todd


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By Todd Cook
From Hawthorne, CA
Apr 3, 2014
me in Africa

When would taking a shit in your car not be a bad idea?
How about Serengeti?

Can you spot the leopard? Turns out they are way into climbing.
Can you spot the leopard? Turns out they are way into climbing.



Can you find the leopard?
Can you find the leopard?



Free solo head first down climb?--respect!
Free solo head first down climb?--respect!


"Never get out of the boat"


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
Apr 3, 2014
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Todd,
The pics wow, thank you. Do you have a specific location for the first pic.
Thanks for all the info and pics. This is exactly what I was looking for. Someone who had been there with an eye for climbing opportunities.
Climbing is not my primary purpose in Tanzania, but it would be huge bonus. The purpose of this forum was to see what was out there as far as developed climbing (nothing)and how feasible developing climbing would be. So your words of caution are much appreciated. I will be busy for the first months I am there so we will see how bold (stupid)i feel after being in the country for a couple months.


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By Sam Keller
Apr 14, 2014
Finger cracking in Indian Creek!

Bobby, will you be around TZ in December 2014? I used to live in TZ, speak some passable form of Kiswahili, and would totally love to climb my face off there if any feasible rock and routes are found....


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By Bobby Hutton
From indiana
3 days ago
Fisheyed fool 10b foster falls

Sam, I sent you a PM.


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