Report: Waterworld Base Rebuild 2013

The Waterworld base rebuild took place on the Saturday the 7th of December 2013.  We laid down sandbags above Waterworld to stem the flow from the crag (which will result in the base drying up) and created a channel from the tributary so that the water can run off in to the main stream (and away from the crag).  It was encouraging to see that the sandbags from last years work meet were still in place and we pleasantly surprised to see that they had remained in place given the recent flooding!
The two large gabions that we installed in 2010 are also working to prevent erosion of the base (even though they are buried under the sand!).

Waterworld Base Build, Bad Kloof, Montagu 2013

The team laying sandbags to divert the river above Waterworld in Bad Kloof, Montagu


With energy still in our arms we headed up river to Lion Said which had lost almost its entire base.  Using materials from a washed out bridge and more sandbags we managed to build up a small base which allows access to the two popular routes on the crag.
The last 5 remaining sandbags (we started with 30) were placed at the bottom of Arendsig and allows you to step onto the routes with clean/dry feet.  Cormac then went on to single handedly shovel enough sand to cover the base of The Mission and keep Kevin’s toes dry.

Waterworld Base Build, Bad Kloof, Montagu 2013

Geoffrey getting busy with the bush cutter above Waterworld in Bad Kloof, Montagu

The bush cutter did a good amount of work, clearing paths to and from Waterworld.  It then went onto the Peanut Gallery, following through to Sloth.  You can still access Sloth/Supertubes by walking straight up the kloof (from Waterworld).
The cutter did go up to The Palace, however we did not clear any reeds there as we did not have the energy to go through the very thick bush + the river still too high.
Quite a few Castor Oil trees/bushes suffered the wrath of the bush cutter too!

We started working at 09:00 and finished at 13:30.
A huge thanks to everyone who came to the work meet, we got a lot done and had a great time doing it. 
The people that came through were:  Cormac, Cathy, Kevin, Quinton (who came all the way from France to help out!), Justin, Riki, Geoffrey, Vicuss and Dave.  Two other people who had listed their names did contact me to say that they would not be able to make it.

Many thanks also to Stuart Brown from DeBos for beer and free camping – he also donated cash to the Montagu Bolting Fund which paid for the bush cutter rental and 30 sandbags.

From one of the comments below:
As of the 16th of December access from hotel side was, shall we say, ‘difficult’.  Reeds and swamp make access difficult beginning at about the Arete crag.  Access is possible through reed bashing and river wading.

There are routes in Montagu that require re-bolting (Paddy, I have not forgotten the route at Uriah Heep, so if you would like to help out with bolting or donate money please check out the Montagu Bolting Fund Page

Please let us know:  If you see a bolt(s) or anchors that you think may need replacing – please send a mail to with details (and ideally a photo) or comment below.

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8 Responses to Report: Waterworld Base Rebuild 2013

  1. Alan Dec 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Well done guys!

  2. Phlip Dec 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Thanks guys! Well done!

  3. Cuan Dec 10, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Great work all 🙂

  4. jacques Dec 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    julle rots!

    Just wondering: Lion Said has always been an iffy rock to my eyes, I wonder how much water damage it can take before toppling over… just saying.

  5. Ebert Nel Dec 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks a lot guys. Your work is appreciated even by those that don’t get to go to Montagu this year again. It’s awesome to see a kloof that’s this loved:D Geoffrey, I love that shot of you with the weed eater:D


  6. Joe Parvis Dec 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Just to let all know, as of 16 Dec access from hotel side was, shall we say, ‘difficult’. Reeds and swamp make access difficult beginning at about the Arete crag. Access is possible through reed bashing and river wading. (Justin if you see this perhaps you could add a note to your article, if the notice hasn’t appeared somewhere else. thanks.)

  7. Justin Lawson Dec 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks Joe. I have updated the article.

  8. Justin Lawson Jan 6, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Update: The crag is drying out nicely – thanks again to everyone who helped out and we made the local news 🙂

    Montagu Mail climbers clean up bad kloof

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