Bouldering has recently become contentious again in Table Mountain National Park.
Numerous reports of people being kicked out by rangers at Redhill, Silvermine West, etc.
See this forum post: http://www.climbing.co.za/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=13355&p=63080&hilit=legislation#p63080
The Mountain Club of South Africa decided to try to mediate the situation. We have had numerous meetings, and things have progressed well.
Yeah Adam, a letter won’t do jack diddly squat unless it is signed by the park officials as well and has their names clearly there. The current one regarding Activity Permits is already available but rangers have not accepted it saying it doesn’t mean anything. If i were them I would agree. The message needs to be given to them from their management…
So we got the official letter, signed by none other than Paddy Gordon, TMNP GM:
- Bouldering is LEGAL.
- No Activity Permit is required AT PRESENT.
- Some areas like Redhill, are OFF-LIMITS.
- TMNP and MCSA are going to restart the Environmental Management Plan (EMP).
Gavin Bell, Southern Section Area manager, also agreed to come to a future MCSA Tuesday evening, to talk about Fires, bouldering, etc.
Our request: play by the rules guys and gals. Don’t go there. If we get caught bouldering in off-limits areas we will jeopardize this whole deal and we may be banned EVERYWHERE.
Print the letter and take it with you, in case one or other ranger hasn’t been informed by the powers that be.TMNP-MCSA-letter.pdf (126 downloads)
In the meantime, the MCSA will continue to work with TMNP on the EMP. We will probably need to hire a 3rd party consulting firm to finish the process. Stay tuned for details.
- Robert Breyer, MCSA Cape Town GenCom, Rock climbing
- Brian Lambourne, MCSA Cape Town GenCom, chair