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Rookie Rock

  • Grade context: UK
  • Ascents: 9
  • Aka: Warm-up Boulder

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Description

On the way down to Little House on the Prairie, some good beginner or warm-up climbs.

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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 a daily membership (KES400 for Kenyan citizens, KES800 for others, payable by Mpesa paybill no 880926. Account: guest fee). No commercial groups are allowed. Some climbs are occasionally off-limits when eagles are nesting (in particular Eagles Nest Face). If this is the case its normally communicated on a notice in the sign-on book at the gate and through a climber whatsapp group.

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Approach

Go down the road from the campsite for 100 m before turning right down the slope - you should be able to see a fin-shaped boulder below you; this is Rookie Rock.

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Ethic inherited from Lukenya

Lukenya is mostly trad. No bolting is allowed without a special permission from the Mountain Club of Kenya.

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Routes

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This is the obvious easiest line on the boulder. It's juggy all the way up and easily doable for most climbers in flip flops.

FA: Probably a Maasai sheperd

Sit-down start with left hand on rail and right on low crimp, moves up the short problem using slopey compression and crimps. It's a nice lowball.

FA: Andrew Andress

Sit-down start with left hand low on arete and right hand on a very low undercling, moves a few moves up the arete and then traverses right across and up a the slab. Avoid going all the way up arete or around on the left side.

FA: Lindsey Andress

Sit-down start (almost lying) on low jug and goes straight up the right side of the boulder.

FA: John Shunk

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