Kenya: The challenge of climbing in Hell’s Gate

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5 September 2017

By | 5 September 2017

Just about an hour and a half from Nairobi, lies the Hells Gate National Park. Photographer Nathan Siegel took a trip to snap the challenges this sheer, 150-meter high gorge presents rock climbers:

Fischer's Tower, a 50m high pinnacle, is one of the distinctive columns Hell's Gate National Park includes. The park got its name after a narrow break in the cliffs and is known for its breathtaking scenery as well as colourful wildlife – Nathan Siegel Hell's gateFischer’s Tower, a 50m high pinnacle, is one of the distinctive columns Hell’s Gate National Park includes. The park got its name after a narrow break in the cliffs and is known for its breathtaking scenery as well as colourful wildlife – Nathan Siegel

Naomi Kamau works as an instructor at BlueSky Kenya. Here she belays a climber on Fischer's Tower - Nathan Siegel Hell's gateNaomi Kamau works as an instructor at BlueSky Kenya. Here she belays a climber on Fischer’s Tower – Nathan Siegel

Climbing requires agility and strength. That’s why Samson Maina trains on a hang board in the BlueSky rock wall in Nairobi – Nathan Siegel Hell's gateClimbing requires agility and strength. That’s why Samson Maina trains on a hang board in the BlueSky rock wall in Nairobi – Nathan Siegel

Katie Hartin climbs a crack route in the Mail Wall of the Hell's Gate National Park – Nathan Siegel Hell's gateKatie Hartin climbs a route on the wall of Hell’s Gate National Park. BlueSky works to help build leadership and communities that work together in Kenya – Nathan Siegel

Rock climbers ascend routes in Hell's Gate National Park, Kenya, on a climbing trip run by BlueSky Kenya – Nathan Siegel Hell's gateThe abruptness of the cliffs makes the Hell’s Gate a true challenge – Nathan Siegel

David Pal looks for a hold while climbing the Main Wall in the Hell's Gate National Park – Nathan Siegel Hell's gateDavid Pal looks for a hold while climbing the Main Wall in the Hell’s Gate National Park – Nathan Siegel

Instructors Max Mburu and Naomi Kamau check their phones between climbs - Nathan Siegel Hell's gateInstructors Max Mburu and Naomi Kamau check their phones between climbs – Nathan Siegel

A climber strains for the final holds on a bouldering problem on the training wall in Nairobi – Nathan Siegel Hell's gateA climber strains for the final holds on a bouldering problem on the training wall in Nairobi – Nathan Siegel

A climb manager at BlueSky Samson Maina stretches for a hold in the BlueSky rock wall in Nairobi, Kenya – Nathan Seigel Hell's gateClimb manager Samson Maina stretches for a hold on the BlueSky rock wall in Nairobi, Kenya – Nathan Seigel

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