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Africa, Mali, La Mano de Fatima, Kaga Tondo, Forsakala Bimbaso

La Mano de Fatima, Kaga Tondo, Forsakala Bimbaso. Adventure and unexpected situations guided a group of Czech climbers during their trip to La Mano de Fatima. In spite of very high temperatures, four of them, Pavel Jonak, Vasek Satava, Petr Piechowicz, and Milan Benian repeated the route Harmattan Rodeo on the tower Kanga Pamari. The hardest pitch has a difficulty of 7c+/8a. Because of very high temperatures they repeated the route only in AF style. The first ascent was made by Paul Piana and Todd Skinner and rated 5.13a. The Czechs Tomas Zakora, Radek Tilnak, Ludek Slechta, and Tomas Bien climbed a new route on tower Kaga Tondo. They christened their route Forsakala Bimbaso (13 pitches, 7a AF).

Jan Kreisinger, Czech Republic