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= Cape Town Weather =
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== SE Wind ==
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If the wind is blowing SE which is common in summer, we have what Cape-Climbers refer to as the "Schlorck Factor" at some of the crags; the rock becomes so slippery and even damp that it seems as if someone smeared oil onto the holds. Climbing is near impossible unless you have a bucket of chalk to compensate! This effect is caused by sea water being blown onto the crags (from afar that is).
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Crags affected: The Mine, The Hole, Silvermine Crags, Elsies Peak, Kalk Bay Crags, Peers Cave...
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The rock friction is rarely if ever altered on the climbs that start at the "Ledge" on Table Mountain.
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== NW Wind ==
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When the North Wester blows, it generally means that bad weather is on the way (but it could take a day or two to arrive.) The air can be warm and balmy before the clouds race in from the Atlantic. If Lions Head mountain is covered in cloud there is a high chance its going to rain in the next couple of hours.
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== Where to climb when it's raining in Cape Town ==
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When a so called cold "front" approaches then the best escape is to head to Montagu where a rain shadow protects the area from rain. As the front moves in from the sea over the peninsula there will be some delay before it gets to Paarl and then the Du Toit's Kloof range will also hold back the front for half a day or so. So one can climb at Paarl Rocks or Hellfire crag for a morning or afternoon. Unfortunately, as the "front" approaches it can get very windy in the Du Toit's pass as it acts as a chute.
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The Cedarberg can also be considered but depending on the size of the front, it can rain there too.
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Of the crags within an hour two of Cape Town, Karbonaatjies Kraal is the last crag to be affected by wet weather.
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= Map of Cape Town Climbing Areas =
 
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A note on the weather: If the wind is blowing SE which is common in summer, we have what Cape-Climbers refer to as the "Schlorck Factor" at some of the crags; the rock becomes so slippery and even damp that it seems as if someone smeared oil onto the holds. Climbing is near impossible unless you have a bucket of chalk to compensate! This effect is caused by sea water being blown onto the crags (from afar that is).
 
  
Crags affected: The Mine, The Hole, Silvermine Crags, Elsies Peak, Kalk Bay Crags, Peers Cave...
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= Cape Town Trad Climbing =
 
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*[[Table Mountain]]
The rock friction is rarely if ever altered on the climbs that start at the "Ledge" on Table Mountain.
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*[[Muizenberg Buttress]]
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*[[Lion's Head]] - Granite & Sandstone
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*[[Nursery Ravine]]
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*[[Elsies Peak]]
  
When the North Wester blows, it generally means that bad weather is on the way (but it could take a day or two to arrive.) The air can be warm and balmy before the clouds race in from the Atlantic. If Lions Head mountain is covered in cloud there is a high chance its going to rain in the next couple of hours.
 
 
When a so called cold "front" approaches then the best escape is to head to Montagu where a rain shadow protects the area from rain. As the front moves in from the sea over the peninsula there will be some delay before it gets to Paarl and then the Du Toit's Kloof range will also hold back the front for half a day or so. So one can climb at Paarl Rocks or Hellfire crag for a morning or afternoon. Unfortunately, as the "front" approaches it can get very windy in the Du Toit's pass as it acts as a chute.
 
 
The Cedarberg can also be considered but depending on the size of the front, it can rain there too.
 
 
Of the crags within an hour two of Cape Town, Karbonaatjies Kraal is the last crag to be affected by wet weather.
 
  
**[[Lion's Head]] - Granite & Sandstone
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= Cape Town Sport Climbing =
**[[Higgovale Quarry]]
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*[[Silvermine Crags]]
**[[Nursery Ravine]]
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*[[The Mine]]
**[[Hout Bay]] - Bokkemanskloof, Chapman's Peak, Skoorsteenkop, The Sentinel
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*[[The Underside]]
**[[Silvermine Crags]]
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*[[The Hole]]
**[[Peers Cave]]
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*[[Foreign Policy]]
**[[The Underside]]
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*[[Peers Cave]]
**[[The Mine]]
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*[[Lakeside Pinnacle]]
**[[Lakeside Pinnacle]]
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*[[Kalk Bay]]
**[[Muizenberg Buttress]]
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*[[Higgovale Quarry]]
**[[The Hole]]
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*[[Hout Bay]] - Bokkemanskloof, Chapman's Peak, Skoorsteenkop, The Sentinel
**[[Foreign Policy]]
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**[[Kalk Bay]]
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**[[Elsies Peak]]
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**[[Table Mountain]]
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== Cape Town Bouldering ==
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= Cape Town Bouldering =
 
*[[Llandudno]]
 
*[[Llandudno]]
 
*[[New Joshua Tree]]
 
*[[New Joshua Tree]]

Revision as of 11:50, 10 November 2012

Cape Town Weather

SE Wind

If the wind is blowing SE which is common in summer, we have what Cape-Climbers refer to as the "Schlorck Factor" at some of the crags; the rock becomes so slippery and even damp that it seems as if someone smeared oil onto the holds. Climbing is near impossible unless you have a bucket of chalk to compensate! This effect is caused by sea water being blown onto the crags (from afar that is).

Crags affected: The Mine, The Hole, Silvermine Crags, Elsies Peak, Kalk Bay Crags, Peers Cave...

The rock friction is rarely if ever altered on the climbs that start at the "Ledge" on Table Mountain.

NW Wind

When the North Wester blows, it generally means that bad weather is on the way (but it could take a day or two to arrive.) The air can be warm and balmy before the clouds race in from the Atlantic. If Lions Head mountain is covered in cloud there is a high chance its going to rain in the next couple of hours.

Where to climb when it's raining in Cape Town

When a so called cold "front" approaches then the best escape is to head to Montagu where a rain shadow protects the area from rain. As the front moves in from the sea over the peninsula there will be some delay before it gets to Paarl and then the Du Toit's Kloof range will also hold back the front for half a day or so. So one can climb at Paarl Rocks or Hellfire crag for a morning or afternoon. Unfortunately, as the "front" approaches it can get very windy in the Du Toit's pass as it acts as a chute.

The Cedarberg can also be considered but depending on the size of the front, it can rain there too.

Of the crags within an hour two of Cape Town, Karbonaatjies Kraal is the last crag to be affected by wet weather.

Map of Cape Town Climbing Areas

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Cape Town Trad Climbing


Cape Town Sport Climbing

Cape Town Bouldering


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