Often thought to be a flat province but there is actually unlimited outcrops of sandstone mountains sometimes over 200m high. The dominant rock formation in the Free State is cave sandstone (geologically known as Clarens-formation sandstone), which is rather soft and not so good for traditional climbing, but has numerous excellent bolted routes. Harrismith (Mnt Everest Reserve) & Swinburne offer good sport routes and bouldering in secure and beautiful settings.
Free State Climbing Areas
Quicklink PDF Topo Downloads
- Mount Everest (Harrismith), Free State Boudering Guide (286 downloads )
- Swinburne, Free State, Climbing Guide (561 downloads )
- Mount Everest (Harrismith), Free State Rock Climbing Guide (508 downloads )
Free State Climbing Wiki
The Climb ZA – South Africa Rock Climbing Routes Wiki has some more info on climbing in the Free State.