Skoorsteenskop, Hout Bay Access Details

Skoorsteenskop is a nice but somewhat forgotten sport crag in Hout Bay.  It is a great alternative to Silvermine Main crag. 12 moderate grade routes (17-23), good rock, mostly vertical face climbing.
Some of the best 23s in the Western Cape.  A steep 30 minute approach.

Skoorsteenskop, Hout Bay access details

Skoorsteenskop in Hout Bay with the South Easter blowing could over.


Most of the routes at Skoorsteenskop have been “ARFed”, a.k.a. rebolted with glue-ins.
See Report:

The routes, from beginning to end of the Kop, i.e. as you walk past them:
Grade 23/17/23/23/21/23 (main wall), and 23/21/19/21 (gully); 17/19 (opposite gully).
See Tony Lourens Western Cape Rock guide book, page 52.

Until a year ago, Hout Bay WatchCon (the neighbourhood watch) were in charge of the two combination locks, and the access code.  Unfortunately they never changed the code, and gave the number away to anyone that asked.
In cooperation with the neighbour Johan Blom, this is the new procedure we have implemented:

Access has been a problem for a long time.
For almost a decade, the MCSA and other parties fought with neighbours whose newly built houses now blocked access to the mountain.  There is now a publicly owned servitude path that cuts in between 2 of the houses so you can get access to the mountain and the Kop.  The servitude path has two gates on it.
I have replaced the combination locks for the Skorsteenskop access path.

Skoorsteenskop, Hout Bay access details

The 1st access gate to Skoorsteenskop


Skoorsteenskop, Hout Bay access details

The code lock on the gate to Skoorsteenskop.


You must use email to get the new access code.
Send an email and get an automatic reply with the code.
The reason you can only get access to the code via email is so that we know who you are.  Crime in the area is a problem, and this way we have at least some record and accountability who got the code, and when.
Alternatively, email Rose from the MCSA., she will also have the code.

Skoorsteenskop, Hout Bay access details

The 2nd gate at Skoorsteenskop


Park on Whittlers Way in Hout Bay.
Access is via a public servitude path, which leads up from Whittlers Way inbetween two houses up to the mountain.  The path starts immediately opposite #37 Whittlers Way, inbetween properties #32/32a and #30.

Unlock the first gate, relock it please.  Then walk up 100 m or so via the path to the 2nd gate.  Ditto.  Keep heading up the mountain, past the property on the left. Once you have reached the upper bounds of the property, turn left. After parallelling the property fence for 50 m, a few ill-defined paths lead up diagonally.  Take one of them, they all tend to meet up somewhere and join to take you to the right (south) saddle of Skorsteenskop.  About 20-30 minutes walk.

Google Maps street view of the gate:,18.371967,3a,75y,206.58h,66.75t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s3ki1t2IADrZAqQM5AhZtPA!2e0!6m1!1e1

– Robert Breyer
MCSA Cape Town.

PS:  Dont climb here is the Southeaster is blowing.  It’s not pleasant.

Skoorsteenskop, Hout Bay access details

The main wall at Skoorsteenskop.


9 Responses to Skoorsteenskop, Hout Bay Access Details

  1. Brian Mar 31, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Brilliant, thanks a million Robert

  2. Matthieu Mar 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi Robert,

    Thank you for your hard work. I have been there once and the routes are really awesome.

    Do we need to have Wild Card or MCSA membership to access the area? I was stopped by SANparks and they wanted to see either one of those.

  3. robert Mar 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Regarding Wild Card, etc.: this ongoing controversy regarding Activity permits is discussed here:
    But this place is far off the beaten path. You will never see a SANParks ranger up there. Guaranteed.
    – Robert

  4. micky Apr 1, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Great thanks Robert, its really nice crag to have access to again.

  5. James Apr 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I was with matthieu when we were stopped by SANParks, where they were rather adamant about wild cards and such, but were appeased by MCSA card ownership; so they do roam about that side of the world checking cards.
    And thanks for the efforts, its a beautiful local crag

  6. Cormac Jun 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    I was at Skoorsteenkop on Saturday.
    The 2nd (upper gate) combination lock is missing.

  7. Robert Breyer Jun 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Oy vey.
    I was there about a month ago and it was still there.
    Who would steal a frikken locked padlock?

  8. Steve Porter Jun 21, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Some people were out there yesterday and had some truly amazing climbs until they were mugged by guys with knives.

    Truly grateful there were four of them! H, R, S, and G and Gizmo the dog. Nobody was hurt although things certainly got a bit heated.

    We are definitely going back, the climbs are too good!

  9. Justin Lawson Jun 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    A first hand account of Mountain Mugging that took place in Hout Bay to four mountain users.

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