Eastern Cape

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The Eastern Cape offers a variety of different rock with lots of potential for new route development. The climbing venues are scattered broadly over the entire Eastern Cape. There are nearly 800 sport routes, hundreds of trad lines & a few bouldering areas. There are a few indoor bouldering venues. The largest is at Rhodes University. The climbing community is fairly small, but quite active & welcoming. Climbing days are mostly coordinated via various whatapp groups. For more information http://www.easterncaperockclimbing.co.za/ or contact info@easterncaperockclimbing.co.za .

Area Name Featured Image Climbing Type Description
Bouldering Sand stone quartzite with more than 700 boulder problems. Updated PDF guide
Nguniland image needed Trad & Sport Quartzite slabs outside Kareedow in the Langkloof. 9 sport routes & 26 trad lines. Updated guide
Buffalo River image needed Sport & Trad 30km from East London. Short routes on dolorite, set in thick bush, 10 sport & about 500 trad routes. Some potential for more routes. Contact Allen Luck 083 756-4290 for access. Updated guide
Cape St Francis image needed Bouldering Seaside bouldering. About 210 problems, mostly easy to moderate. Updated guide
Trad Prominent mountain peak near Port Elizabeth. Walk-in 5 hours.Updated guide
Compassberg image needed Multi-pitch Trad Multi-pitch trad routes on dolorite near Nieu Bethesda. Route guide is here
Crag-X Grahamstown
'The Celestial Omnibus', Crag-X, Grahamstown
Example Bouldering in Grahamstown.
Fort Fordyce image needed Trad & sport More than 70 sport routes & some trad. Dolorite. Updated PDF Guide
Groot Rivier image needed Trad & sport 30km from Plettenberg Bay in the direction of Port Elizabeth. 7 sport routes & an amazing pinnacle. On-line route discriptions
Grips image needed Sport & Trad A huge quartzite slab face at the eastern end of Baviaanskloof. Sport and trad routes. Updated guide
Steven Reed on 'Starstruck', Hogsback, EC
Sport & Trad Sport & trad routes on dolorite above Hogsback village. Updated PDF Guide
Howissen's Poort image needed Sport 42 overhanging sport routes on sandstone quartzite close to Grahamstown. 1 minute walk-in. Updated guide
Joubertina image needed Sport & Trad Sport & Trad climbing on quarzite in the Kouga mountains. Updated guide
Lady's Slipper
Eric de Beer on After Dinner Mint Boulder at Lady Slipper, Eastern Cape
Trad, Sport & Bouldering Quartzite, mix of overhanging & slab routes. 52 sport routes, 333 trad lines & more than 80 boulder problems. Updated guides
Morgan Bay image needed Trad Sea cliffs with a subtropical feel, more than 600 short trad routes on dolerite. Updated guide
NSA, East London image needed Predominantly sport climbing In East London, smooth vertical mudstone or siltstone. More than 60 sport routes ranging from 16-32. There are a few trad routes. Updated guide
Pinnacle Gorge image needed Sport & Trad 37 sport routes & more than 450 trad lines on sandstone quartzite mix. Access is sensitive. Please contact info@easterncaperockclimbing.co.za for more information.
Swartberg Pass
Swartberg Horlosie crag abseil stations with Dominator 21 and variation to NBD 19.jpg
Trad Easily accessed from Prince Albert Hamlet with cheap accommodation and excellent camping. Main crag (Horlosie) is almost 300m high and there are two abseil routes, one trad and one bolted. The bolted line more or less follows the route New Belly Dancers. A variation of the first pitch Dominator (21) is shown as well as an alternative slightly harder 2nd pitch (19). The top bolts are not at the tippy top (got dark).
The Grots image needed Bouldering Bouldering area near Grahamstown. Quartzite.Updated guide
Van Stadens
Hydrophilic, The Beach
Sport More than 300 sport routes on quartzite about 35km out of Port Elizabeth. Updated guide
Hydrophilic, Donovan Willis showing his guns on an unnamed 29 in Waterkloof, Eastern Cape
Sport The kloof is a sport climbers dream. The area is pristine, the rock is excellent, the walk-in is short and in summer the kloof stays very cool. Quartzite. Updated PDF guide
Windmill Hole image needed Sport & Trad In East London. 12 sport routes on vertical mudstone/siltstone ranging from 15-25. 15 trad routes. Easy walk-in. Updated PDF Guide

Eastern Cape Climbing Clubs

MCSA EP Section and the Rhodes University Mountain club.