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= Cape Town Weather =
 
= Cape Town Weather =
 
== SE Wind ==
 
== 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).
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If the wind is blowing SE which is common in summer, we have what Cape-Climbers refer to as the "Schlauk 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...
 
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.
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The rock friction is rarely if ever altered on the climbs that start at the "Ledge" on Table Mountain, Clifton sector of Lions Head and the Apostles
  
 
== NW Wind ==
 
== 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.
 
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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== When the Cloud is low ==
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Stay low! The trick is to know what crags are low enough:
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Trad: Lions Head granite, Lower Buttress of Table Mountain, single pitch Apostles, Above Llandudno.
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Sport: Eish, this is a complicated question! Typically low cloud comes in from SE, which will write off Hole (and surrounds), Mine, Kalk Bay, Peers Cave. Basically you're left with Silvermine and Higgovale Quarry.
  
 
== Where to climb when it's raining in Cape Town ==
 
== Where to climb when it's raining in Cape Town ==
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-34.14914,18.435181||[[Elsies Peak]]
 
-33.957884,18.403619||[[Table Mountain]]
 
-33.957884,18.403619||[[Table Mountain]]
 
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-33.978841,18.378917||[[Slangoelie]]
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-33.985730,18.377462||[[Corridor SF]]
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-33.973333,18.391667||[[Postern]]
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-33.975647,18.388047||[[Spring]]
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-33.970363,18.390034||[[Kasteel]]
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-33.968738,18.392025||[[Valken]]
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-33.967474,18.392626||[[Barrier]]
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-34.003761,18.353577||[[Bee]]
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-33.988219,18.374199||[[Kleinkop]]
 
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= Cape Town Trad Climbing =
 
= Cape Town Trad Climbing =
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*[[Nursery Ravine]]
 
*[[Nursery Ravine]]
 
*[[Elsies Peak]]
 
*[[Elsies Peak]]
 
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Apostles
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*[[Barrier Buttress]]
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*[[Valken Buttress]]
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*[[Kasteel Buttress]]
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*[[Postern Buttress]]
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*[[Spring Buttress]]
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*[[Slangoelie Buttress]]
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*[[Corridor Buttress]]
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*[[Bee Buttress]]
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*[[Sea Buttress]]
  
 
= Cape Town Sport Climbing =
 
= Cape Town Sport Climbing =
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*[[Silvermine Boulder]]
 
*[[Silvermine Boulder]]
 
*[[Topside]]
 
*[[Topside]]
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* CBD: [[Deer Park]], [[Bright Lights]]
  
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 09:36, 17 May 2017

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 "Schlauk 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, Clifton sector of Lions Head and the Apostles

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.

When the Cloud is low

Stay low! The trick is to know what crags are low enough:

Trad: Lions Head granite, Lower Buttress of Table Mountain, single pitch Apostles, Above Llandudno.

Sport: Eish, this is a complicated question! Typically low cloud comes in from SE, which will write off Hole (and surrounds), Mine, Kalk Bay, Peers Cave. Basically you're left with Silvermine and Higgovale Quarry.

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

Apostles

Cape Town Sport Climbing

Cape Town Bouldering


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