Free State

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

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Free State Climbing Wiki

The Climb ZA – South Africa Rock Climbing Routes Wiki has some more info on climbing in the Free State.


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