While in Europe I saw a lot of really cool urban climbing spots- in squats, under bridges, on old buildings or walls, and I thought that the culture surrounding them was really cool. Think streetlights, late nights, bicycles, quarts, comings and goings, new and old faces mixed in with climbing. The street is where people mix and I think South Africa needs that.
So here goes an experiment:
The original idea of this spot was to have kind of a free, urban, open space where people can go after varsity/work and interact outside. The wall is an old, unused water tower (standing empty) next to the Liesbeeck river. It is about 5m in diameter.
About a hundred and fifty 10mm wide holes have been drilled into the wall, and about 60-70 holds have been put up.
So this is a call for anyone who is keen to get involved.
A couple of ways to get involved:
1st and foremost: Buy some epoxy, 8mm coach screws, 10mm plugs and climbing holds and head out to make this space your own.
2 Donate old climbing holds, or make new ones from rocks
3 If you have a cordless, hammer-action drill, go drill some more holes.
4 Donate money
Below is the location of The Tower, a new, free bouldering spot in Cape Town – Click here for a Google Map location
Just make sure that if you do put on a hold it won’t break or come off, do it properly. The procedure has been to put a bit of epoxy in the hole, a bit of epoxy on the plastic Fischer plug, put the plug in the hole. Put some epoxy on the back of the hold and on the coach screw itself, and crank it in with a no.13 spanner or ratchet spanner.
• Don’t put holds too high, people must not hurt themselves falling.
• Spread the word.
• Get involved. Own this space.
Also, be Aweh: be friendly to locals, but don’t get yourself into a dangerous situation.
For any info, help or donations, email: mshasho32(at)gmail.com
Tower Climbing wall