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Rock Art Cliff

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Description

The next crag up from Baboon Cliff, with an overhang in its centre and some rock art in its centre. Has one hard bolted line of unknown origin traversing left from the right-hand side of the overhang.

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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!).

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Approach

Park at Nemesis and walk up.

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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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History

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The origin of the rock art is not certain, but could be from Masaai pastoralists in the 19th century. Lukenya has a wealth of rock art sites and other archeological sites (recognised by "GVJM-**) painted on the rock, with discoveries of ancient Batwa tools and animal bones.

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Grade Route

FA and grade unknown, but there is a bolted line with bolted anchor traversing up and left from the right-hand side of the overhang. Looks hard, if you climb it or have information on it please get in touch with the MCK!

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