Jacob's Ladder

  • Grade context: UK
  • Ascents: 46




This lies 150m from the South Picnic Tree to the right. It is a well-broken slab with grey lichen and affords some pleasant climbs.

Recommended routes: Jacob’s Ladder—D. Joseph—V.D. (Severe finish)


Access issues inherited from Lukenya

Lukenya is owned by the Mountain Club of Kenya and entrance is free for members. Non-members have to pay for daily membership (KES400 for Kenyan citizens, KES800 for others, payable by Mpesa Paybill No. 880926, account: guest fee). No commercial groups are allowed without prior agreement from MCK. Some climbs are occasionally off-limits when eagles are nesting (in particular Eagle's Nest Face). If this is the case it is normally communicated on a notice in the sign-on book at the gate, through a climber Whatsapp group and on the relevant page on theCrag. There are many other wild animals that call Lukenya home, including a resident leopard, snakes, hyenas. In general, these will all stay well out of your way, but be aware at night and avoid confrontations with bigger grazers like giraffes or eland. This is a wild place, so treat it with respect, pack out any rubbish, and bury human waste at least 30 cm underground (bring a spade or trowel!).



Park at picnic tree, then walk to Boulder crag, follow this cliff to the right past Bee Buttress.


Descent notes

Walk off climbers right


Ethic inherited from Lukenya

Lukenya is mostly trad, with some specific sport crags. No bolting is allowed without special permission from the Mountain Club of Kenya - get in touch with them if you think you have spotted a sport route, think there should be an extra bolt on a climb, see some degraded equipment, etc. Avoid cutting down any vegetation beyond a few bush branches - if you think a particular tree poses a real danger to climbers please bring this to the attention of MCK. Don't harass any of the local, sometimes rare wildlife.


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Grade Route

Start in a small gully where Bee Buttress becomes Jacob’s Ladder Face. Up gully 3m and step right onto slab for a few steps then across left onto small ledge below nose. Take nose direct and mantleshelf into a small broken groove on the bridge of the nose. Move left to finish.

FA: P. Snyder & A. Bosek, 1970

Start from base of large-leafed tree on left. Climb up wall, move into slight recess at 9m, continue left-handed and then to tree on skyline.

Start in groove 5m left of Jacob’s Ladder route. Traverse out onto left-hand wall. Continue climb moving slightly right-handed but not meeting Jacob’s Ladder.

Start at foot of centre slab and ascend line of pigeon holes, moving right. Continue to summit by moving left-handed. An excellent first lead as it can be easily and adequately protected. An intermediate belay may be arranged below the final wall.

Start 12m right of Jacob’s Ladder at prominent band of quartz. Ascend groove, moving left-handed and cross over extreme right-hand point of overhang to finish by moving right. An alternate finish (Severe) is to traverse right into recess behind tree and climb back wall direct.

The climb goes up the face on the extreme right of Jacob’s ladder just past the fig trees. Climb directly up the centre of the face to a large sloping ledge. From the right end of the ledge climb to a hand traverse. Move left along this past the crux to the corner and up to the top.

FA: R. Searle, W. M. Adams & C. Brown, 1960

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