Chosspile Access

Chosspile access conditions

Brian Weaver working on the Shadowfax project, Chosspile. Photo by A Pedley.

Some important background: Mt Amanzi do not own the land, it is owned by Risk Estates who agreed to continue to provide access to climbers IF the land is rented and the access is controlled.  A fence was put up around the land and the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) – Neil Margetts at that time – negotiated a solution whereby Mt Amanzi rent the property from Risk and control access.  There are are some benefits to them in that they do not now have a mass of party goers and crime across the river from the resort and the residents of the resort can hike up the Chosspile mountain.

This highlights an important point; Mt Amanzi are not renting the property solely so we can climb, we are secondary.  Even if there were 300 climbers a month they are making a loss.  For this reason, we do not have too much leverage in climber access discussions, if we are more trouble than we are worth they can close it to us. This is one of the reasons they are insisting that everyone who enters is with an MCSA or University climbing club member as this is reassurance to them that all people entering are responsible and climb safely.

In addition, Mt Amanzi agreed to this only if we the climbers pay for the guard at the gate, an average of R500 per month.  So who pays this?  The MCSA, average of R500 per month.  The MCSA also pay for the bolts on new climbs and any rebolting of old ones, R600 a time.

Chosspile access conditions

Alex Bester climbing T-pex (27). Photo PW Nel

So, with this in mind, the is the access rules from 1 October 2012 until further notice, are as follows:

1. Every climber entering the property must report to the Mount Amanzi reception before climbing.

2. Entrance is R30 for full MCSA members or members of a University climbing club. Cards must be shown and must have a photo and sticker for year of membership.

3. A maximum of 2 guests are allowed with each cardholder. Entrance is R50 for the 1st and 2nd guests. Rather than grumble about this, join the MCSA or your University Club!

4. All climbers must sign the registry book and indemnity, and if they are the card-holder, must write their club membership number.

5. Opening hours are:- Winter time – 1 May till 31 August – from 08H00 – 16H00. Summer time – 1 September till 30 April – from 08H00 – 17H00. This reflects the hours the guards are paid and their transport.

6. Officers at reception must ask for cards and check validity, it is in the interests of access that climbers remind the desk staff of this.

7. The guard at the gate must check the date and number of people indicated on the reciept, it is in the interests of access that climbers remind the guard of this.

Anyone found to be not complying with the above will be banned from the property and should the access be closed down, will not be very popular!

Sorry that this is all so firm.. but continued access depends on it.

Andrew Pedley

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5 Responses to Chosspile Access

  1. martin Oct 18, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    I agree with the above rules and have no issues with it at all, but how does one joine the MCSA? I love climbing at chos but I fear now that has come to a end.

  2. andrew Oct 18, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    google ‘join MCSA johannesburg’

    amazing what technology can do these days.


  3. Kyle Oct 19, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Always great to see dedicated volunteers ensuring access for all the slackers. Thank you.

    Not to be the bleeding heart here but does the security guard only earn R500 a month – or is that the MCSAs subsidy of their portion of his/her salary?

  4. andrew p Oct 19, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    He is supposed to get an addition R5 per visitor from Mt Amanzi. Also, climbers are aksed to tip him R5 if they can afford it.

  5. Franz Oct 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    sounds like a fair arrangement. Thanks to all that got their hands dirty to ensure access 🙂

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