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 Post subject: Margate area
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:20 am 
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I'm posting on behalf of friends on holiday in the Margate area.

They're looking for someone to show them around some easy sport climbing in the area. They have a 6year old kid with them, so their only concern is reasonably easy access. They have gear.

Anyone up for it to show them around a bit for a morning or afternoon, perhaps on Friday?


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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:37 pm 
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Hi there

Margate is sparse on climbing although there is a pretty schlorky, not so great spot on the South Coast, right on the beach.

I would be happy to show them around the inland areas of Kloof (Rumdoodle is pretty good for younger kids although there is a small scramble). Umgeni Valley in Howick is probably the best bet in terms of access. I can do Friday, Saturday or Sunday with some notice.

Contact me on zero 8 2 463 five 9 five 7.

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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:08 pm 
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Thanks, yes I was thinking those areas would be suggested, never heard of anything near Margate except those couple of climbs at Uvongo(?)

I'll pass on your number, very much appreciated!!


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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:41 pm 
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The scramble at Rumdoodle is not that easy. It is steep with loose sand and takes some care to get down.
My wife broke her leg on the way down to Rumdoodle this weekend. All it took was a small slip.
Please don't underestimate the scramble down.


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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:19 am 
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Heish Wayne, sorry to hear about that!
Hope your wife recovers fully.
How did you get her out?

I have taken my family down there several times and always been quite nervy...
In future, I'll sling the tree and belay them off that.

Interesting how the majority of "climbing" accidents are, in fact, on the approach.
Few weeks ago at "old" Shongweni, at base of face and consulting route guide, tripped over my own feet and nearly went down a fairly evil gulley. The rescue guru's were just around the corner, however, a rescue would have cost me a substantial amount of beer and an enormous amount of hilarity at my expense...

Careful and c ya,
Bruce

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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:06 am 
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To avoid any confusion - the scramble that Wayne is talking about is the one which takes the path to the left (Gorge side) of the approach before you reach the trees, and not the regular scramble on the right after the trees.

Obviously it pays to be careful whichever way you go.

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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:02 pm 
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Hi Bruce

Steve, Bruce, Scott and Dylan from the MSCA Kwazulu Natal rescue team came and rescued us.
My sincerest thanks to them for all they did and for giving up time with their families on Easter Friday.

Thank you for the well wishes.

Wayne


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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:14 pm 
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Thanks for clarification Scott.
Indeed Wayne, our rescue gurus are angels - we love them...
BTW the Bruce mentioned would be Bruce Sobey (ie not me).

Don't be put off Wayne, these things happen, persevere.

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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:32 am 
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I used to live on the Scoast. The only sport climbing is at uvongo beach. The rock is not so great and there are no really nice routes bellow 21. The far left route is a 19 not the funnest climb but the crux is on the first sequence so with a 'super spot' even a beginner can top rope it. The spot makes up for all the above by being an awesome spot to take your kids, with lots to do.

Rumdoodle... My favourite spot, not so great for kids took my son when he was 6 and when he was 7. Wasn't worth it. But if your child is sedate and can sit still in a crack with no space to walk around then it might just work.

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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:35 am 
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Search the forum for uvongo climbing, there has been a bit of chatter about it some pictures there too to help you find the routes.

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 Post subject: Re: Margate area
PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:30 am 
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Hey guys I'm in Margate from Monday, so need some climbing partners. I'm willing to climb everyday for the next 3 weeks


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