with photos of Lutz Schneider, Christiane Hupe and Gerald Krug here the direct link to the Climbing Guide Tanzania!
The latest Geoquest-expedition let to Tanzania and turned to a surprise. The idea was not uncommon: escape the european winter and climb somewhere where it is warm and one can relax under palm trees. But this time we had nothing more then two or three photographs and went into the uncertain.
There are many rocks around the village of Puma. But are they climbable? There are more rocks around the city of Singida.
Tanzania is situated in the east of Africa. Serengeti, Ngorongoro and other proteced wildlife areas are world famous. Climbers know the country because of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain of Africa (5895 m).
The photographs were promising. But how would the quality of the rocks be? Climbeable? Structered? High or low? How would the locals act if we would start trying?
Meeting and beer trinking with the locals.
Since we had no idea what to expect we literally packed everything: quickdraws, ropes, friends and rocks, even bolts and a drilling mashine. Just before we left we added a crashpad. Just in case ... Turkish Airlines fortunately allows 46 kg .
In Puma we knew we would meet a friend of a friend. And this turned out to be the luckiest thing of all. Martin is a doctor and helps to provide medical care and education in the local hospital. He had so much to do there but nonetheless helped us to get in contact with the locals, to get accomodation in the monastery and even showed us the rocks. Thank you so much, Martin!
We realized how hard it is for the local people to struggle their daily life. Even though the people are so happy and friendly!
Women gather wood for cooking.
Just when we startet into the rocks the surprise came to us. We had just discoverd a perfect bouldering area in the heart of East Africa! What a paradise - perfect rock, perfect landings on green lawns and a relaxing atmosphere! Great!
Where to start?
We went through this labyrinth of rocks and were breathless. But where to start climbing?
Lutz Schneider (Ostblock Berlin) enjoys crimps like in Hampi. Henry Pörner at the Golden Egg Christiane Hupe making the first ascent of Sonnenbrand und Sintflut 7a. Wow - every problem a first ascent! Gerald Krug doing Triple Arete 7a.
We went from rock to rock and in the beginning there was always the same question: is it anyway possible to climb it? And if yes, how would it be possible to come down? The latter question sometimes came to late and once more I had to realize that the easiest way down is just the same hard problem that I barely managed to come up.
Sometimes we were smart enough to carry a short rope to come down.
The time went by like a flash and we visited a new sector each day. Especially nice was the group of rocks at the shore of lake Singida, the closest town some 20 kilometers away from Puma.
At Singida-lake (Hangelriss, 4).
We climbed just a single route with our gear. The bouldering was so good that we didn't wanted to loose a single second with belaying. Anyway, if one likes route climbing more there is so much to do. A lot of the rocks are 15 to 30 meters high. Some cracks offer protection but to have a lot of fun one should bring some bolts.
Some cracks (like this one: Splitter 5b) are okay for bouldering, some others require protection. We had so much fun with the kids.
In the last weeks we have gathered all informations, made maps and topos and put all together in a little guidebook which can be obtained for 10 € as a PDF-document here at Geoquest:
One thing is for sure. This place is so great: we will come back!!!
After the climbing we relaxed at the Indian Ocean: