Square Crag

  • Grade context: UK
  • Ascents: 16




A small crag some 50 yds. behind the top of Jacob’s Ladder. It is lichen-covered on the right with a prominent overhang on the left. Approached by walking up from South Picnic Tree below Cakewalk Face, then right-handed to crag.

Recommended routes: Hypotenuse—S. Vertical—H.S


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 either climb up Boulder Crag and walk slightly to your right (facing the hill) or walk up the gully to Cakewalk Face, then right-handed to Square Crag.


Descent notes

Walk off.


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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Follow a line about 3m to the left of the Standard Route. Ascend wall to point of overhang. Climb overhang direct to tree belay.

FA: R. Richardson & P. Le Pelley, 1959

Start at foot of slab below hole with thin crack above. From hole move slightly right to ledge at foot of steep wall. Traverse left to easier rock and then back right-handed to large platform with thread runner under overhang. Step out right round corner boulder onto face passing just to left of fig tree to finish.

At very foot of slab some 1m to right of hole ascend smooth slab to ledge and take black wall behind directly to platform. Thread runner. Take overhang direct, above runner, to finish at small fig tree.

Start on right behind fig tree at base of groove. Climb groove to below small overhang. Move slightly right and onto the face. Slightly left and pull up to small ledge. From here easier rock leads just to right of fig tree to finish.

FA: Grading Committee, 1959

Start 3m to left of chimney on north face of crag in small overhanging corner with pile of boulders. Step down 1m to left and traverse left around corner for about 3m. Climb wall direct to top.

FA: R. Richardson, P. Le Pelley, R. A. Bennett & W.M. Adams, 1959

Start as for Right Angle. Climb crack to small ledge. Ascend face and move out left-handed to belay on summit boulder.

The chimney on the north face of the crag.


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