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=== Eastern Cape ===
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Eastern Cape climbing offers a variety of different rock types.  There are many small crags with good potential for new route development. 
*[[Kleinrivier]]
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*[[Bobbejaankop & African Rennaissance]]
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*[[Cape St Francis]]
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-33.715785, 23.843001|[[Kleinrivier]]
*[[Fort Fordyce]]
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-33.924301, 24.249397 |[[Bobbejaankop & African Rennaissance]]
*[[Hogsback]]
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-33.927547, 24.268979 |[[Bobbejaankop & African Rennaissance]]
*[[Morgan Bay]]
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*[[Pinnacle Gorge]]
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*[[The Shire]]
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= Eastern Cape Climbing Areas=
*[[Howissen's Poort/Scoops]]
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Most of the crags in this province are listed below with a brief description and a few images. Please note that the images may not do the crag justice. Where the crag-name is linked you should find the online guide as well as more information on the area.
*[[Windmill Hole]]
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*[[NSA, East London]]
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*[[Buffalo River]]
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==[[Alicedale]]==
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Small bouldering area near Grahamstown, access still being negotiated.
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File:Clm0161b.jpg|Bouldering at Alicedale
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==[[Bobbejaankop & African Rennaissance]]==
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==[[Buffalo River]]==
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Close to East London with short routes on dolorite, set in thick bush, 7 sport routes and over 100 trad routes. Good potential for more routes here. Contact Allen Luck 083 756-4290 for access.
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==[[Cape St Francis]]==
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==Cockscombe==
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A series of walls & kloofs (gorges) about an hour from Port Elizabeth. Mostly trad routes are found here. Check with the MCSA for access conditions.
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File:Lsc0041b.jpg|Cockscombe, Gorge 21
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File:Clm0075b.jpg|Gorge 20, Cockscombe
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File:Lsc0040b.jpg|Cockscombe, Gorge 9
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File:Clm0074b.jpg|Gorge 12, Cockscombe
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</gallery>
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==Coffee Bay==
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Seacliffs, excellent short trad routes. Contact the Coffeeshack backpacker's lodge.
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==Compassberg==
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Multi-pitch trad routes near Nieu Bethesda. Contact the MCSA for details.
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==Coombs==
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Short sport routes near Grahamstown, access permanently closed due to climbers not following access requirements. Please check access carefully at crags before just rocking
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==Crag-X Grahamstown==
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Small crag with a bit of bouldering not too far from Grahamstown.
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File:Clm0090b.jpg|'The Celestial Omnibus', Crag-X, Grahamstown
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==[[Fort Fordyce]]==
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A few sport routes can be found here visit Climbing the Amatoles for more information.
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==Graaf Reinet==
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Sport routes near the caravan park under construction. Contact Herman van Rensburg.
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==Grootrivierpoort==
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At the start of Baviaanskloof, a.k.a "Grips". Sport and trad routes. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.
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==Hellspoort==
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Crag near Grahamstown closed due to climbers littering!
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==[[Hogsback]]==
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Sport & trad routes near the beautiful town of Hogsback. Hogsback in the Amatola Region, Eastern Cape.
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File:Clm0167b.jpg|Steven Reed on 'Starstruck', Hogsback, EC
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==[[Howissen's Poort/Scoops]]==
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Short sport routes close to Grahamstown.
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==Joubertina==
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Sport & Trad climbing in the Kouga mountains. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.
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==Keinrivier==
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==Lady Slipper==
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Some quartzite bouldering on a few boulders and about 90 trad lines up on the mountain. It is about 40km from Port Elizabeth.
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File:Clm0164b.jpg|Eric de Beer on After Dinner Mint Boulder at Lady Slipper, Eastern Cape
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File:Clm0091b.jpg|Brett Ribbink on 'The Lady's Slipper'
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File:Clm0163b.jpg|Eric de Beer on Corner Cafe at Lady Slipper, Eastern Cape
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</gallery>
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==Lalapanzi==
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A dolorite crag some 80km from East London (on the way to Morgan Bay). Only 7 trad routes have been openned so far.
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==[[Morgan Bay]]==
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Seacliffs, brilliant short trad routes with a few good sport routes on a mix of dolerite, sedimentary & granite. Route book at the Morgan Bay Hotel, or contact Derek Marshall on 083 681-8713 in East London. 315 routes here so far.
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==[[NSA, East London]]==
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In East London, some sandtone with 12 sport routes ranging from 17-26 and an open project with a few trad routes too.
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==[[Pinnacle Gorge]]==
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Morne v/d Mescht on 'The Pinnacle' Pinnacle Gorge, EC
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File:Clm0166b.jpg|Morne v/d Mescht on 'The Pinnacle' Pinnacle Gorge, EC
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File:Clm0165b.jpg|Morne v/d Mescht on 'Spider route', Pinnacle Gorge, EC
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File:Clm0159b.jpg|Morne v/d Mescht on Chasing the Sun, Pinnacle Gorge
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==Pompies Pillar==
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A short dolerite crag in East London with 1 sport route and a couple of trad lines, limited potential.
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==The Grots==
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Tiny bouldering area near Grahamstown.
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==[[The Shire]]==
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==Van Staden's Gorge==
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==Vanstadensriver Dam==
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About 10 sport routes close to Lady's Slipper. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.
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File:Clm0160b.jpg|Hydrophilic, The Beach
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==[[Windmill Hole]]==
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In East London with some sport routes on sandstone ranging from 14-25 as well as 10 trad routes.
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==Yellow Sands==
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About 25km from East London, an amazing short dolorite crag. Access is sensitive please first contact Derek Marshall on 083 681-8713. There are 3 bolted lines graded 20-24 and a few trad lines with some development potential.
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=Eastern Cape Climbing Clubs=
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There is an Eastern Cape section of the [http://eas.mcsa.org.za MCSA] and the [http://www.ru.ac.za/sportsadmin/sportsclubs/mountain/ Rhodes University Mountain club].

Revision as of 13:53, 16 November 2012

Eastern Cape climbing offers a variety of different rock types. There are many small crags with good potential for new route development.

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Eastern Cape Climbing Areas

Most of the crags in this province are listed below with a brief description and a few images. Please note that the images may not do the crag justice. Where the crag-name is linked you should find the online guide as well as more information on the area.


Alicedale

Small bouldering area near Grahamstown, access still being negotiated.

Bobbejaankop & African Rennaissance

Buffalo River

Close to East London with short routes on dolorite, set in thick bush, 7 sport routes and over 100 trad routes. Good potential for more routes here. Contact Allen Luck 083 756-4290 for access.

Cape St Francis

Cockscombe

A series of walls & kloofs (gorges) about an hour from Port Elizabeth. Mostly trad routes are found here. Check with the MCSA for access conditions.

Coffee Bay

Seacliffs, excellent short trad routes. Contact the Coffeeshack backpacker's lodge.


Compassberg

Multi-pitch trad routes near Nieu Bethesda. Contact the MCSA for details.


Coombs

Short sport routes near Grahamstown, access permanently closed due to climbers not following access requirements. Please check access carefully at crags before just rocking


Crag-X Grahamstown

Small crag with a bit of bouldering not too far from Grahamstown.

Fort Fordyce

A few sport routes can be found here visit Climbing the Amatoles for more information.


Graaf Reinet

Sport routes near the caravan park under construction. Contact Herman van Rensburg.


Grootrivierpoort

At the start of Baviaanskloof, a.k.a "Grips". Sport and trad routes. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.


Hellspoort

Crag near Grahamstown closed due to climbers littering!


Hogsback

Sport & trad routes near the beautiful town of Hogsback. Hogsback in the Amatola Region, Eastern Cape.

Howissen's Poort/Scoops

Short sport routes close to Grahamstown.


Joubertina

Sport & Trad climbing in the Kouga mountains. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.

Keinrivier

Lady Slipper

Some quartzite bouldering on a few boulders and about 90 trad lines up on the mountain. It is about 40km from Port Elizabeth.

Lalapanzi

A dolorite crag some 80km from East London (on the way to Morgan Bay). Only 7 trad routes have been openned so far.


Morgan Bay

Seacliffs, brilliant short trad routes with a few good sport routes on a mix of dolerite, sedimentary & granite. Route book at the Morgan Bay Hotel, or contact Derek Marshall on 083 681-8713 in East London. 315 routes here so far.


NSA, East London

In East London, some sandtone with 12 sport routes ranging from 17-26 and an open project with a few trad routes too.


Pinnacle Gorge

Morne v/d Mescht on 'The Pinnacle' Pinnacle Gorge, EC

Pompies Pillar

A short dolerite crag in East London with 1 sport route and a couple of trad lines, limited potential.


The Grots

Tiny bouldering area near Grahamstown.


The Shire

Van Staden's Gorge

Vanstadensriver Dam

About 10 sport routes close to Lady's Slipper. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.

Windmill Hole

In East London with some sport routes on sandstone ranging from 14-25 as well as 10 trad routes.


Yellow Sands

About 25km from East London, an amazing short dolorite crag. Access is sensitive please first contact Derek Marshall on 083 681-8713. There are 3 bolted lines graded 20-24 and a few trad lines with some development potential.

Eastern Cape Climbing Clubs

There is an Eastern Cape section of the MCSA and the Rhodes University Mountain club.

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