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=== Free State ===
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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.
*[[Langberg]]
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*[[Swinburne]]
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= Climbing Areas in the Free State =
*[[Thaba Nchu]]
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*[[Little Rock]]
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{| class="wikitable"
*[[Harrismith]]
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**[[Mount Everest]]
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!  Area Name !! Featured Image !! Climbing Type !! Description
***[[Comfort Zone]]
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***[[Eagle Crag]]
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| <big>[[Harrismith]]</big> || [[File:20080413 harrismith.jpg|thumb|link=]] || Multi-pitch Sport & some bouldering || There are currently about 140 fully bolted sport routes at Mount Everest (Harrismith). These range in grade from 7 to 29 (up to 7c+), the majority are below grade 20 (6b) so this is the perfect place for beginner and moderate grade climbers.
***[[Eagle's Head]]
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***[[The Nursery]]
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| [[Langberg]] || ''image needed'' || Single-pitch Sport climbing || Sport Climbing near Vrede. +/-30 routes, grades up to 29/7c+. Short routes on soft Sandstone.
**[[Mooihoek Mountain]]
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***[[Betty's Boulder]]
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| [[Little Rock]] || ''image needed'' || Single-pitch Sport climbing || ''description needed''
***[[Comic Rock]]
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***[[Happy Camper Boulder]]
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| <big>[[Swinburne]]</big> || [[File:Swinburne cosmos field.jpg|thumb|link=]] || Multi-pitch Sport & bouldering || This is a beautiful area that offers good bouldering and sport climbing including long multi-pitch climbs. The area is currently being developed and there is plenty of scope for new development. At present grades vary from 11 to 29.
***[[Picnic Boulder]]
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***[[Serengeti Slab]]
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| <big>[[Wow Prow]]</big> ||  || Single-pitch sport & bouldering || This is a beautiful area that offers good bouldering and sport climbing. The area is currently being developed and there is plenty of scope for new development. At present grades vary from 16 to 33.
***[[Slag Crag]]
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***[[The Dark Side]]
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***[[Wish You Were Here Face]]
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=PDF Topo Downloads for Climbing Areas in the Free State=
**[[Mount Everest]]
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http://www.climbing.co.za/topo/south-africa/free-state/
***[[Alternative Rock]]
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***[[Bonni Boulder]]
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= Map of Climbing Areas in the Free State =
***[[Bushman Complex]]
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<display_points type="terrain" height="500" width="800">
***[[Central East Face]]
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-27.646621,29.600594 |[[Langberg]]
***[[Cyclops Crag]]
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-28.22877,29.16576 |[[Swinburne]]
***[[Deep Freeze Boulder]]
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-28.165111, 29.18228 |[[Harrismith]]
***[[Fatter Pillar]]
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-29.203682,27.444484 |[[Little Rock]]
***[[Gypsy Crag]]
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-29.229639,26.879926 |[[Thaba Nchu]]
***[[Heffalump Boulder]]
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***[[Horned Toad Boulder]]
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</display_points>
***[[Ostrich Egg Boulder]]
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***[[Pocket City]]
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***[[Refrigerator Boulder]]
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***[[Sundeck Boulder]]
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***[[The Far Side]]
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***[[Thinner Pillar]]
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Latest revision as of 10:52, 11 August 2015

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.

Climbing Areas in the Free State

Area Name Featured Image Climbing Type Description
Harrismith
20080413 harrismith.jpg
Multi-pitch Sport & some bouldering There are currently about 140 fully bolted sport routes at Mount Everest (Harrismith). These range in grade from 7 to 29 (up to 7c+), the majority are below grade 20 (6b) so this is the perfect place for beginner and moderate grade climbers.
Langberg image needed Single-pitch Sport climbing Sport Climbing near Vrede. +/-30 routes, grades up to 29/7c+. Short routes on soft Sandstone.
Little Rock image needed Single-pitch Sport climbing description needed
Swinburne
Swinburne cosmos field.jpg
Multi-pitch Sport & bouldering This is a beautiful area that offers good bouldering and sport climbing including long multi-pitch climbs. The area is currently being developed and there is plenty of scope for new development. At present grades vary from 11 to 29.
Wow Prow Single-pitch sport & bouldering This is a beautiful area that offers good bouldering and sport climbing. The area is currently being developed and there is plenty of scope for new development. At present grades vary from 16 to 33.

PDF Topo Downloads for Climbing Areas in the Free State

http://www.climbing.co.za/topo/south-africa/free-state/

Map of Climbing Areas in the Free State

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