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Bad Kloof


Bad Kloof , “Bath” Kloof in English is the kloof between the Montagu Hot Springs towards the West side of Montagu.  The are more than 20 individual crags and over 130 routes from which to choose.  The Keisie River runs through the kloof and often floods.  The flood normally changes the course of the river and the hiking routes need to be re-amended.  The floods also always  impact the bases and ease of access to certain crags.

Bad Kloof, Montagu. view after 10 mins walk from Avalon Springs side

Bad Kloof, Montagu. view after 10 mins walk from Avalon Springs side

How to get there

Park at Montagu Mountain Reserve office aka Die Ou Meul (the Old Mill) and walk into the crags by crossing a wooden bridge behind the mill.  The Kloof can also be entered from the back at Avalon Springs.

Fees, Permits, Etc

This is Martha.  She will charge you for entering the Kloof from the Old Mill side.

This is Martha. She will charge you for entering the Kloof from the Old Mill side.

Date Feb,2012:  There is a R10 entry fee to walk into the kloof and a R12 entry fee to climb.  A yearly permit can also be purchased from the Montagu Mountain Reserve office.

 

When the Wind Blows

Sometimes Bad Kloof can get really windy (usually in the afternoon) which is unpleasant because of sand and dust being blown about.  A good alternative is to go into Keur Kloof.

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Featured image Crag Name / Route Name Walk In
Aspect
Routes / Pitches
Regula on Delete Button 26 at Worlds Apart, Bad Kloof, Montagu Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart is a 5 min walk from Avalon Springs and gets Morning Shade. Daze of Thunder 7b+/27 was the first sport route in Montagu and has since become a classic.


GPS: -33.769769,20.115271
1 - 5 min.
Morning shade
12
Easiest: 10
Hardest: 32
The Bastard

This is the 1st bit of climbable rock on the right hand side of the the Kloof when walking in from the Old Mill side. Walk up from the right side for less than a minute (on the right side of the weir). This crag get morning shade.


GPS: -33.779451,20.113412
1 - 5 min.
Unspecified
2
Easiest: 18
Hardest: 21
Camelot

Routes from LEFT to right. # ROUTE NAME / AREA GRADE # BOLTS RATING BOLTING/OPENED INFO DESCRIPTION 1. Gwenifer 22 S. Brown 2. Excalibur 23 S. Brown …


GPS: -33.767447,20.115064
1 - 5 min.
Unspecified
2
Easiest: 22
Hardest: 23
matt_bush_loverswalk Lover’s Lane

  # ROUTE NAME / AREA GRADE # OF BOLTS (INCL. ANCHORS) RATING BOLTING/OPENED INFO DESCRIPTION 1. Teenage Mutant 25 2. Impi 33 3. Death Penalty Blues 23 4. The Slab 8 …


GPS: -33.784248,20.116684
1 - 5 min.
Morning shade
4
Easiest: 8
Hardest: 23
The Hotel

Inside Avalon Springs Resort. The Hotel Routes from Left to Right # ROUTE NAME / AREA GRADE # BOLTS RATING BOLTING/OPENED INFO DESCRIPTION 1. The Key 27/7b+ 5 Bolts FA. G Holwill. 1997. 2. The bellboys, The bellboys 26/7b 6 Bolts FA. G Holwill. 1997 3. …


GPS: -33.76692,20.115977
1 - 5 min.
Morning shade
4
Easiest: 18
Hardest: 27
Berlin Wall, Bad Kloof Montagu Berlin Wall

This crag always is in the shade. You will see it from Uriah Heap when entering from Die Ou Meul or opposite to Jurassic park when entering from Avalon springs.


GPS: -33.769928,20.114097
5 - 15 min.
All day shade
7
Easiest: 21
Hardest: 28
Mazawattee climbing route at Jurassic Park, Montagu Jurassic Park

The crag with the hardest route in South Africa. Mazawattee is graded 8c+ by Adam Ondra. Overhanging, 5 min walk from Avalon Springs, Morning Shade and Late Afternoon Shade.


GPS: -33.769408,20.115578
5 - 15 min.
Morning shade
4
Easiest: 18
Hardest: 35
Arete, Bad Kloof, Montagu The Arete

On riverside about 50m from Uriah Heep.


GPS: -33.771598,20.115687
5 - 15 min.
Afternoon shade
1
Easiest: 24
Hardest: 24
Supertubes Supertubes

Supertubes is an awesome overhanging crag with a couple of easier lines to warm up on. The walk in is flat and short, this is an excellent crag for children. Be sure to climb the classic route Thruster.


GPS: -33.775125,20.11766
5 - 15 min.
Unspecified
15
Easiest: 15
Hardest: 29
Sloth Crag, Bad Kloof, Montagu Sloth

Sloth crag is quite a popular crag as is has a nice range of routes and the crag base is stable (in that it never gets negatively affected by flooding). This crag has morning shade, easy access and is very child friendly.


GPS: -33.775253,20.117633
5 - 15 min.
Morning shade
10
Easiest: 15
Hardest: 25
Stuart Brown on The Excitables 26 Peanut Gallery, Bad Kloof Montagu Peanut Gallery

Obvious roof between Waterworld and Sloth crags


GPS: -33.775864,20.116799
5 - 15 min.
Morning shade
5
Easiest: 22
Hardest: 32
Ari on Arendsig 19, Waterword, Bad Kloof Montagu Waterworld

Waterworld is one of the favorite crags in Montagu. It’s child friendly and the route named Arendsig (Eagles View) is one the best 19′s ever. It’s the first crag on the right when you walk from Die Ou Meul.


GPS: -33.776248,20.116096
5 - 15 min.
Morning shade
13
Easiest: 19
Hardest: 23
Rage

ark at the Avalon Springs and walk in for about 5 mins. The Rage is a short grey wall (almost opposite the Laundry) on the right side of the kloof when walking in from Avalon Springs side. This crag is shaded all day. It’s over-hanging and the one and only bouldery route is manufactured (the holds have been chipped into the rock). NB: chipping has been banned in SA.


GPS: -33.767415,20.115001
5 - 15 min.
All day shade
1
Easiest: 31
Hardest: 31
The Laundry, Bad Kloof, Montagu The Laundry

Park at the Avalon Springs and walk in for about 5 mins. Scramble up the slope just before Jurassic Park. This crag is shaded in the morning. It’s over-hanging and it is possible to climb here in the rain.


GPS: -33.76848333333,20.11645
5 - 15 min.
Morning shade
4
Easiest: 24
Hardest: 29
Uriah Heep, Bad Kloof, Montagu Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep has immaculate rock, is slightly over hanging and pumpy as hell. The base requires a small scramble to get up to and is not child friendly.


GPS: -33.771515,20.116188
15 - 30 min.
Afternoon shade
8
Easiest: 19
Hardest: 28
The Playground, Bad Kloof, Montagu Playground

Small crag right of The Swamp.


GPS: -33.771814,20.117901
15 - 30 min.
Afternoon shade
8
Easiest: 15
Hardest: 27
Jeremy Samson on Who Killed Kenny 27 at South Park South Park

The crag is on the right hand side between Supertubes and The Palace.


GPS: -33.773276,20.120052
15 - 30 min.
Morning shade
2
Easiest: 25
Hardest: 27
Regula on Hello Aloe 15 at Lion Said, Bad Koof, Montagu Lion Said

Lion Said gets all day shade and the two easiest routes on the right are excellent for beginners.


GPS: -33.774854,20.117176
15 - 30 min.
All day shade
5
Easiest: 15
Hardest: 25
The Swamp in Bad Kloof, montagu Swamp

The swamp has easy and hard routes but unfortunately the base is flooded out at the moment.


GPS: -33.771835,20.118093
30 min. - 1 hour
Afternoon shade
6
Easiest: 13
Hardest: 26
The Palace in Bad Kloof, Montagu Palace

The Palace is the massive overhanging crag seen at the corner of Bad Kloof. The crag is as good as it looks and has a good base and steep quality routes with Cyberpunk and The Activist being the all time classic routes at the crag.


GPS: -33.773426,20.120633
30 min. - 1 hour
Morning shade
16
Easiest: 20
Hardest: 31
The Pipeline. Bad Kloof, Montagu Pipeline

The Pipeline has become famous since Sasha DiGuilian opened Miss Behaving (8b+) during her 2013 South African visit. There are only 4 routes at the Pipeline so far, the two remaining projects should prove to be VERY HARD – probably somewhere around the 9a grade.


GPS: -33.774559,20.119565
30 min. - 1 hour
Morning shade
4
Easiest: 32
Hardest: 33

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