Hi to All Trad Climbers,
Please note that the perception with respect to activity permits for trad climbing in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) is NOT correct. Permits are NOT required for trad climbing.
The misconception came about due to a misunderstanding of the position by one of the Rangers who stated at a meeting that permits were required. This was reported to me as Acting Chair of the TMNP Forum and I contacted Paddy Gordon saying that was not the position and he replied agreeing that this is indeed the case. The following quotes from the e-mail string show this to be the case:
Greg Mosely (GM) to PAddy Gordon (PG) – 12.07.2013
“We agreed that there would be a moratorium on rangers asking for permits for trad climbing and attempting to fine people without said permits until your review, and the concomitant public participation process, is complete.”
GM to PG – 21.08.2015
“I am receiving reports that, following a recent meeting…. the stance was taken… that trad climbing requires a permit and that his rangers would be enforcing this. This of course goes very much against the agreement that we have (see e-mail above) where we agreed “there would be a moratorium on rangers asking for permits for trad climbing and attempting to fine people without said permits until your review, and the concomitant public participation process, is complete”. This has not yet taken place“.
PG to GM – 21.08.2015
“Thanks Greg –
I will ask xxxx to hold off until the required processes have been followed.”
I think that clears up the misconception.
The “required process” has been in abeyance for a number of years but if/when it does take place we will be calling on the support of all climbers in order to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion