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Kilembe Rocks

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Kilembe Rocks  


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Description 

Gorgeous location looking over the river that runs through Kilembe to Kasese at the foot of the Rwenzoris. Lots of low angle slab and some vertical to slightly over hung faces, some cracks and pockets. rock is solid and varied lines available to climb. Not a huge area and lots of it is just easy slab, but some good lines will be climbed here as the rocks are developed and climbed.

Getting There 

Get your self to Kasese and then head up into the foothills towards kilembe town. After passing through Kilembe town and the mines area you reach the Rwenzori trekking services building with a painted steel gate, about 12km up from kasese. If you stand at the gate and look across the road over the row of small shops you will see the rocks. If you are going to climb go up the road another 1 km to the rwenzoris backpackers. Hire a porter or guide to show you up to the rock and its a no brainer. Guides aren't really rock climbers but will know where the rock is that they train new porters to rappel off. If you hire a porter for like 10,000 ugx ($4) they will ride down or walk down from backpackers to the gate for the training center with you. They will show you the way up to the rocks and will also help keep an eye on your car and give you the best idea on weather. Basically its worth hiring a porter at least the first time and they are happy to have an easy day not lugging a huge pack up the mountain for someone else.
Staying at this backpackers is great as its a great setting, cheap good food and cold beer available. Best hot shower in Uganda so far from our perspective.

Rooms are cheap dorm is 15,000 per person and double room is 32000 for two people. You can leave your car safe at the hotel and just walk to the rock if you want. There are more rocks in the area too and they are being explored and climbed slowly, so go grab a first ascent!

If you want to call ahead to get a weather report and stuff call the backpackers kilembe at 0774199022 and talk to Karen or Stella. If you tell em your coming ahead of time they will make sure the kitchen has more than 2 options for meals. Super friendly and they speak really good english.


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Weather station 6.6 miles from here

11 Total Routes

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Garden Gloves 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Africa : Uganda : Kilembe Rocks
No grade available. This route is overhung and follows a crack that goes up and left from the big ledge on the garden wall. I tried this on TR as did one of the RTS mountain guides and neither of us had much luck. Its steep and some big holds are sharp (hence the name).The big belay ledge below is not great due to its steepness, bring something to sling the tree or plan on belaying from above to TR it. If you get stuck and want to bail just walk around to the base of garden city or to the base o...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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