Big thanks to the individuals, CityROCK and Climb ZA for donating time, money and equipment to re-equip these routes.
As discussed in the forum, I left the two top anchors of Gospel Express:
1.) Because the bolts we removed were actually still looking good
2.) To see how long they last.
(I will at a later point in time attach another piece of chain to the other anchor).
The Bolting Fund is picking up momentum in the way of funding and we are looking to replace more anchors and lower off’s at the Steeple and Farside Crags. Also on the agenda is equipping more popular routes with lower off’s, building up bad paths/bases and bolting easy routes.
As soon as time allows I will be building up the path and more standing platforms at the Bold and The Beautiful Crag - At present there are only two platforms from a previous pathbuild and the path is in need of attention.
I am also working with the Montagu Municipality and Montagu Tourism to get the rest of Montagu in shape.
Much credit must be given to Stuart Brown of De Bos for his (behind the scenes) contributions to the climbing scene in Montagu over the years!!
Boschkloof remains closed but ever present in our thoughts and we are being given a tough time by the land owner who is denying us access. The Mountain Club of SA is also assisting and be assured that we are looking into it.
As many of you already know, De Bos had a few incidents where children were stealing goods from the campsite. Three kids were recently caught and handed over to the cops by Pete (Stuart’s brother in law – who is now helping with the running of De Bos). A security guard is on patrol at the campsite during the day.
If you would like to contribute or help with any of the above causes, please donate (see below) or contact me to find out more.
General Costs of Bolting:
Each 316 Hilti mechanical bolt including Petzl hanger cost about R50, the drill bits are R175 and last for around 20 holes. Top anchor cost +- R200.
This comes to around R700 – R1000 per route on hardware alone!
Anyone who want to support the cause can deposit donations into the account below:
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Lawson
Account Number: 07 616 676 7
Account Type: Pure Save
Branch Code: 051001