Eastern Cape climbing offers a variety of different rock types. There are many small crags with good potential for new route development.
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.
Small bouldering area near Grahamstown, access still being negotiated.
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.
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.
Seacliffs, excellent short trad routes. Contact the Coffeeshack backpacker's lodge.
Multi-pitch trad routes near Nieu Bethesda. Contact the MCSA for details.
Short sport routes near Grahamstown, access permanently closed due to climbers not following access requirements. Please check access carefully at crags before just rocking
Small crag with a bit of bouldering not too far from Grahamstown.
A few sport routes can be found here visit Climbing the Amatoles for more information.
Sport routes near the caravan park under construction. Contact Herman van Rensburg.
At the start of Baviaanskloof, a.k.a "Grips". Sport and trad routes. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.
Crag near Grahamstown closed due to climbers littering!
Sport & trad routes near the beautiful town of Hogsback. Hogsback in the Amatola Region, Eastern Cape.
Short sport routes close to Grahamstown.
Sport & Trad climbing in the Kouga mountains. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.
Some quartzite bouldering on a few boulders and about 90 trad lines up on the mountain. It is about 40km from Port Elizabeth.
A dolorite crag some 80km from East London (on the way to Morgan Bay). Only 7 trad routes have been openned so far.
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.
In East London, some sandtone with 12 sport routes ranging from 17-26 and an open project with a few trad routes too.
Morne v/d Mescht on 'The Pinnacle' Pinnacle Gorge, EC
A short dolerite crag in East London with 1 sport route and a couple of trad lines, limited potential.
Tiny bouldering area near Grahamstown.
Van Staden's Gorge
About 10 sport routes close to Lady's Slipper. Contact Steven Reed from the MCSA.
In East London with some sport routes on sandstone ranging from 14-25 as well as 10 trad routes.
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.