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Welcome to the '''ClimbZA Routes Wiki''', an online rock climbing guide that '''you can edit'''.  
Welcome to the '''ClimbZA Routes Wiki''', an online rock climbing guide that '''you can edit'''. Please help us build the guide by adding useful information and correcting mistakes.  
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To edit the wiki you need to have a forum user name and be added to the wiki group.  Please send us an email with your Climb ZA Forum user name to [mailto:info@climbing.co.za?Subject=Please%20Add%20me%20to%20the%20Wiki%20Group%20&body=My%20Username%20is: info@climbing.co.za] and we will add you to the wiki group.  The reason for the extra step is to prevent spam posting on the wiki.
  
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== DISCLAIMER ==
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Rock climbing is a dangerous sport in which you can be seriously injured or even killed.
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This wiki is intended only for the use of experienced climbers who have the necessary expertise, experience and judgement to ensure their own safety.
  
To edit the wiki you need to have a forum user name and be added to the wiki group.  Please send us a mail with your current user name to info@climbing.co.za and we will add you to the wiki groupThe reason for the extra step is to prevent spam posting on the wiki.
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Whilst we have made a reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this wiki, you make use of it entirely at your own risk.   We are well aware that there are various errors in the descriptions and topos that we have scrounged from various sourcesHowever, it is impossible for any one person to climb every one of these routes and check all the details. So, please regard this information as a guide only and exercise the necessary discretion.
  
== General Information ==
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The information in this guide will definitely change with time and is definitely NOT necessarily 100% accurate.  These notes are simply an attempt to give you some idea of what to expect.  It is up to YOU to determine the situation prevailing on each route you attempt and to exercise the necessary precautions.
  
South Africa offers some of the best climbing in the world. The rock is solid and great quality. There are many different rock formations all with different features. [[Oudtshoorn]] crags are limestone with hanging stalactites and tufas. The Cederberg is compact sandstone with ledges that offer solid gear placements. There is great sport climbing in [[Montagu]], a small Klein Karoo town, where it is almost always dry, and there are loads and loads of bolted routes (about 400) of all grades. [[Waterval Boven]] is probably the most developed sport climbing area in the county with about 600 routes in a most beautiful setting. In the Free State, Mt Everest and Swinburne offer sport and trad climbing and awesome bouldering. The famous [[The Wave Cave|Wave Cave]] at Shongweni is just outside of Durban and has hard overhanging sport routes. You can do seaside cliff climbing at Morgan Bay. There is world class bouldering at [[Rocklands]] in the Cederberg, remote multi-pitch trad climbing at Magaliesberg and the Drakensberg Mountains. Ok, I could go on, but you get the point. The settings are beautiful and uncrowded by hoards of people. The small towns have a really nice laid-back country feel. The people are friendly and genuine. And the food, wine and atmosphere is always great!
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== Rock Climbing in South Africa ==
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South Africa offers some of the best climbing in the world. There are many different rock formations all with different features. [[Oudtshoorn]] crags are limestone with hanging stalactites and tufas. The Cederberg is compact sandstone with ledges that offer solid gear placements. There is great sport climbing in [[Montagu]], a small Klein Karoo town, where it is almost always dry (except for when it floods). [[Waterval Boven]] is probably the most developed sport climbing area in the county with about 600 routes in a most beautiful setting. In the Free State, Mt Everest and Swinburne offer sport and trad climbing and awesome bouldering. The famous [[The Wave Cave|Wave Cave]] at Shongweni is just outside of Durban and has hard overhanging sport routes. You can do seaside cliff climbing at Morgan Bay. There is world class bouldering at [[Rocklands]] in the Cederberg, remote multi-pitch trad climbing at Magaliesberg and the Drakensberg Mountains. Ok, I could go on, but you get the point. The settings are beautiful and uncrowded by hoards of people. The small towns have a really nice laid-back country feel. The people are friendly and genuine. And the food, wine and atmosphere is always great!
  
A lot of climbing areas are on private land, so please be courteous to anybody you meet while in the area (it might be the landowner). Please don't litter. Only go to the toilet far away from the crag. Keep on the paths. Make a double knot on your shoelaces and always have a clean pair of underpants.
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== Access Considerations ==
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A lot of climbing areas are on private land, so please be courteous to anybody you meet while in the area (it might be the landowner). Please don't litter. Only go to the toilet far away from the crag. Keep on the paths.  
  
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== Map of Climbing Areas ==
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<display_points type="terrain" height="500">
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-33.784854,20.116596||[[Montagu]]
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-33.371198,22.176535||[[Oudtshoorn]]
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-32.14524,19.033785|[[Rocklands]]
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-28.165111,29.18228|[[Harrismith]]
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-25.633014,30.333323|[[Waterval_Boven]]
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-29.480103,30.233831|[[Umgeni_Valley]]
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-21.835528,15.195966|[[Spitzkoppe_%26_Pontoks]]
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-33.94336,18.43895||[[Cape Town]]
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-32.414168,19.207091||[[Tafelberg]]
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-32.473745,19.275119||[[Wolfberg]]
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-33.744683,18.942139||[[Paarl]]
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-33.730684,19.172482||[[Hellfire]]
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-33.726731,19.208043||[[Yellowood Amphitheatre]]
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-34.332309,18.996581||[[Kleinmond]]
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-17.816032,31.051369||[[Zimbabwe]]
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-24.689739,25.8743||[[Kgale Hill]]
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-24.5571,25.88034||[[Mmopane Hill]]
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-24.83882,25.66291||[[Mogonye]]
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-24.952782,25.335712||[[Kanye]]
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-24.775164,25.422507||[[Moshupa and Thamaga]]
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-24.431377,25.533019||[[Kobokwe Gorge]]
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-22.203213,28.849642 ||[[Motlhabaneng]]
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-25.849955,27.499466||[[Tonquani]]
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-25.837904,27.523842||Easter Kloof
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-25.850418,27.417412||Hamerkop
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-25.848564,27.403851||Grootkloof
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-25.810246,27.318192||Mhlabatini
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-25.804682,27.310038||Fernkloof
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-25.752435,27.711124||Kranskloof
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-25.77927436042424,27.65782109655242||Trident
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-25.82211783572647,27.54967596694304||Dome
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-25.81651568593732,27.55628207221466||Likkewaan
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-25.721431,27.849162||Chosspile
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-29.761844,30.834281|[[Kloof Gorge]]
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-29.819721,30.800747 |[[Winston Park]]
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-29.863237,30.723817 |[[Shongweni Dam]]
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-29.486603,30.238419|[[Howick Falls]]
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-29.476516,30.269551|[[Umgeni Valley]]
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-29.735092,30.68024|[[Monteseel]]
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</display_points>
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== General Information ==
 
*[[MCSA]] (search and rescue, permits and access)
 
*[[MCSA]] (search and rescue, permits and access)
 
*[[Bolting information]]
 
*[[Bolting information]]
 
==Areas==
 
 
=== Western Cape ===
 
*[[Bain's Kloof]]
 
*[[Cape Peninsula]]
 
**[[Elsies Peak]]
 
**[[Foreign Policy]]
 
**[[Higgovale Quarry]]
 
**[[Hout Bay]] - Bokkemanskloof, Chapman's Peak, Skoorsteenkop, The Sentinel
 
**[[Kalk Bay]]
 
**[[Lakeside Pinnacle]]
 
**[[Lion's Head]] - Granite & Sandstone
 
**[[Muizenberg Buttress]]
 
**[[Nursery Ravine]]
 
**[[Peers Cave]]
 
** Peninsula Bouldering Areas
 
***[[Llandudno]]
 
***[[New Joshua Tree]]
 
***[[Redhill]]
 
***[[Silvermine Boulder]]
 
***[[Topside]]
 
**[[Table Mountain]]
 
**[[The Hole]]
 
**[[The Mine]]
 
**[[The Underside]]
 
**[[Silvermine Crags]]
 
*Cederberg
 
**[[Bushman's Kloof Nature Reserve]]
 
**[[Krakadouw]]
 
**[[Tafelberg]]
 
**Rocklands Area
 
***[[De Pakhuys]]
 
***[[Riethuis]]
 
***[[Rocklands]]
 
**[[Rooiberg Nuwerust Rest Camp]]
 
**[[Sanddrif]]
 
**[[The Pup and Maltese Cross]]
 
**[[Truitjieskraal]]
 
**[[Vanrhynsdorp]]
 
**[[Winterbach]]
 
**[[Wolfberg]]
 
*Du Toit's Kloof
 
**[[Hellfire]]
 
**[[Country Climbing|Multipitch Climbs]]
 
**[[Yellowwood Amphitheatre]]
 
*[[Elands Bay]]
 
*[[Karbonaatjieskraal]]
 
*[[Kleinmond]]
 
*[[Montagu]]
 
*[[Oudtshoorn]]
 
*[[Swartberg Pass]]
 
*[[Swellendam]]
 
*[[Towerkop]]
 
 
=== Eastern Cape ===
 
*[[Kleinrivier]]
 
*[[Bobbejaankop & African Rennaissance]]
 
*[[Cape St Francis]]
 
*[[Fort Fordyce]]
 
*[[Hogsback]]
 
*[[Morgan Bay]]
 
*[[Pinnacle Gorge]]
 
*[[The Shire]]
 
*[[Howissen's Poort/Scoops]]
 
*[[Windmill Hole]]
 
*[[NSA, East London]]
 
*[[Buffalo River]]
 
 
=== Free State ===
 
*[[Langberg]]
 
*[[Eagle Mountain|Harrismith - Eagle Mountain]] (formally known as Mount Everest)
 
*[[Swinburne]]
 
*[[Thaba Nchu]]
 
 
=== KwaZulu Natal ===
 
*[[The Wave Cave|Shongweni - The Wave Cave]]
 
*[[Shongweni Dam]]
 
*[[Monteseel]]
 
*[[Kloof Gorge]]
 
*[[Drakensberg]]
 
*[[White Umfolozi River]]
 
*[[Howick Falls]]
 
*[[Umgeni Valley]]
 
*[[Winston Park]]
 
*[[Mzinyathi Falls]]
 
 
=== Limpopo Province===
 
*[[Blouberg]]
 
*[[Wellingtons Dome]]
 
*[[Ngopane (gaMashashane)]]
 
*[[Makapansgat]]
 
 
=== Mpumalanga  ===
 
*[[Waterval Boven]]
 
*[[Sabie Gorge]]
 
*[[Blydepoort]]
 
*[[Jim's Crag, Olifantshoek]]
 
*[[Magageni]]
 
*[[Wilgepoort]]
 
*[[Ngwempisi]]
 
*[[GoldRush Bouldering]]
 
*[[Croc River Canyon]]
 
*[[Manuotsa (JG Strydom Tunnel)]]
 
*[[Buffalo Gorge]]
 
 
=== Gauteng ===
 
*[[Bronkies]]
 
*[[Bobbejaans Berg]] (Mutango Lodge)
 
*[[Ezemvelo]]
 
*[[King's Kloof]]    '''NEW!!!'''<br>
 
*[[Melville Koppies]]
 
*[[Northcliff]]
 
*[[Plumbago Nature Reserve Bouldering]]
 
*[[Radioactive]]
 
*[[Strubens Valley]]
 
*[[Strubens 2]]
 
*[[The Chosspile]]
 
*[[The Glade]]
 
*[[The Keg]]
 
 
=== Northwest Province ===
 
* [[Magaliesberg]]
 
* [[Potchefstroom Crag]]
 
* [[Wigwam]]
 
* [[Secret Garden Bouldering]]
 
 
=== Namibia ===
 
*[[Spitzkoppe & Pontoks]]
 
*[[Aussenkehr]]
 
*[[Brandberg Orabeskopf]]
 
 
=== [[Botswana]] ===
 
*[[Kgale Hill]]
 
*[[Mmopane Hill]]
 
*[[Mogonye]]
 
*[[Kanye]]
 
*[[Moshupa and Thamaga]]
 
*[[Otse]]
 
*[[Tswapong Hills]]
 
*[[Motlhabaneng]]
 
 
=== [[Lesotho]] ===
 
  
 
==Route Hit List==
 
==Route Hit List==
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* [[Trad Hit List]]
 
* [[Trad Hit List]]
 
* [[Sport Hit List]]
 
* [[Sport Hit List]]
 
==Editing the Wiki==
 
 
===Naming a New Article===
 
 
Choose a '''specific name''' for your '''new article'''. For example, prefer "Silvermine Main Crag" to "Main Crag".
 
 
Not everybody will access your new article from the page that it is initially linked from: some may access the article directly from a search engine, or from elsewhere in the wiki. The article name should therefore make sense in a stand-alone context. An article's name is its unique identifier within the wiki. For instance, if you look at the list of [[Special:Popularpages|popular pages]], then an article called "Main Craig" makes little sense amongst "[[Bronkies]]," "[[Waterval Boven]]," and so forth.
 
 
Remember that a link name needn't match the article name. Example: Use "<nowiki>[[Silvermine Main Crag|Main Crag]]</nowiki>" if you are in a Silvermine article and want to make a ''link'' that says [[Silvermine Main Crag|Main Crag]], (but the article linked to is called "Silvermine Main Crag").
 
 
===Further Information===
 
Consult the [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Editing Meta-Wiki Editing Help] for further information on wiki editing.
 
 
==Note==
 
Google maps currently does not work on [http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki www.climb.co.za/wiki]: Use the [http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki www.climbing.co.za/wiki] URL instead (i.e. climb''ing'' instead of climb).
 

Revision as of 12:48, 12 November 2012

Welcome to the ClimbZA Routes Wiki, an online rock climbing guide that you can edit. To edit the wiki you need to have a forum user name and be added to the wiki group. Please send us an email with your Climb ZA Forum user name to info@climbing.co.za and we will add you to the wiki group. The reason for the extra step is to prevent spam posting on the wiki.

Contents

DISCLAIMER

Rock climbing is a dangerous sport in which you can be seriously injured or even killed. This wiki is intended only for the use of experienced climbers who have the necessary expertise, experience and judgement to ensure their own safety.

Whilst we have made a reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this wiki, you make use of it entirely at your own risk. We are well aware that there are various errors in the descriptions and topos that we have scrounged from various sources. However, it is impossible for any one person to climb every one of these routes and check all the details. So, please regard this information as a guide only and exercise the necessary discretion.

The information in this guide will definitely change with time and is definitely NOT necessarily 100% accurate. These notes are simply an attempt to give you some idea of what to expect. It is up to YOU to determine the situation prevailing on each route you attempt and to exercise the necessary precautions.

Rock Climbing in South Africa

South Africa offers some of the best climbing in the world. There are many different rock formations all with different features. Oudtshoorn crags are limestone with hanging stalactites and tufas. The Cederberg is compact sandstone with ledges that offer solid gear placements. There is great sport climbing in Montagu, a small Klein Karoo town, where it is almost always dry (except for when it floods). Waterval Boven is probably the most developed sport climbing area in the county with about 600 routes in a most beautiful setting. In the Free State, Mt Everest and Swinburne offer sport and trad climbing and awesome bouldering. The famous Wave Cave at Shongweni is just outside of Durban and has hard overhanging sport routes. You can do seaside cliff climbing at Morgan Bay. There is world class bouldering at Rocklands in the Cederberg, remote multi-pitch trad climbing at Magaliesberg and the Drakensberg Mountains. Ok, I could go on, but you get the point. The settings are beautiful and uncrowded by hoards of people. The small towns have a really nice laid-back country feel. The people are friendly and genuine. And the food, wine and atmosphere is always great!

Access Considerations

A lot of climbing areas are on private land, so please be courteous to anybody you meet while in the area (it might be the landowner). Please don't litter. Only go to the toilet far away from the crag. Keep on the paths.

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