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Summary

Easy to reach boulder spot in the center of the city. The difficulty varies from section to section and starts from around 5b. Don’t forget to grab a waffle from the food trucks after your climb!

Description

The U shaped arcades left and right of the Cinquantenaire Arch allows for several short traverses and two long traverses along the entire length of either the northern or southern wing. The climbable walls are around 3 – 4 meters high, out of Belgian granite and offer a vertical surface with a variety of holds.

In the afternoon and on sunny days the spot might be quite crowded with sun shining on the northern wall. However, the southern wall stays usually in the shade all day and is less busy.

Approach

The Arch of Cinquantenaire is easily reachable by foot, bike, car (you can park in the streets around the park), or in less than 5 minutes by metro (Schuman station, line 1 and 5; Montgomery station, line 1), train (Mérode/Merode station, train S4, S7), tram (Montgomery station, tram 7, 25, 39, 44, 81) and bus (Montgomery station, bus 27, 61, 80, 178).

History

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The Parc du Cinquantenaire (French) or "Jubelpark" in Dutch, including the U-shaped building complex with its climbable wings, was designed for the fiftieth anniversary of the Belgian independence in 1880. However, the Arch and its two wings were finished just shortly before the 75th anniversary in 1905. The Traverse of Cinquantenaire has been a boulder spot for years. It is not an official spot, but climbers have been tolerated, so be nice and friendly to the authorities

Routes

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Grade Route

The traverse starts from a big crack on the northern wall and continues to the left.

Set by Tobias & Louis Hessse, 21 Nov

The route is on the northern wall, between the metal platform close to the Arch and the lightning rod.

Set by Tobias, 24 Nov

The traverse starts from the big hole on the southern wall, just next to the arch and continues to the right.

Set by Tobias, 21 Nov

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