Climber Injured at Lower Silvermine

Report by Malcom Venter (see Forum thread)

Yesterday a climber was injured at the Lower Silvermine climbing area.  During the walk out a large boulder dislodged from the wall and crushed the climbers leg. The injured climber is ok and recovering in hospital.

Please  take care when walking/hiking/bouldering/climbing.  After all of the heavy rain, rocks are more likely to slip.
Make sure that you are not on your own.  This was an experienced climber who happened to pull on the wrong rock at the wrong time.  It was very fortunate that he was not on his own, or this might have ended in tragedy.
Take care out there.

Related article:  Brent Jennings tells us all about Mountain Search and Rescue “Rock is hard; people are soft”

Lower Silvermine Crag, Cape Town

Lower Silvermine Crags, Cape Town


Emergency Numbers:

Western Cape
– 021 937 0300 (*Dial this number first for mountain rescue)
– 107
– 10177

South Cape (Plettenberg Bay/Knysna/George):
– 10177

Eastern Province (Port Elizabeth):
– 10177
– 082 990 7626

Kwazulu Natal (Durban / Pietermartitzburg):
– 0800 005 133

Gauteng / Free State / North West / Limpopo / Mpumalanga:
Primary – 074 125 1385,
Secondary – 074 163 3952
Alternatively call Metro on – 011 315-0203


3 Responses to Climber Injured at Lower Silvermine

  1. Justin Lawson Nov 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I asked Malcolm if there was anything that he wanted to add and this is what he replied:

    “If anything I would just add mountain rescues number, and advise people to bring a space blanket with them on any hike. Having the blanket definitely helped in keeping the patient warm while waiting for rescue.

    Being able to give the emergency services our gps coordinates also helped. I got them off my phone with the “Motion x GPS” app.

    Both the park rangers and emergency services were amazing. Really excellent professional people. I can’t thank them enough.”

  2. Nic Le Maitre Nov 19, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    I’m really glad your buddy is going to be ok.

    In the Western Cape the best number to call is the last listed one, 021 937 0300, that is the direct line to Metro Control who will activate Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR). The other numbers will eventually get you to the right place but it will take longer.

  3. Justin Lawson Nov 19, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks Nic – I’ve amended both pages:

    – 021 937 0300 (*Dial this number first for mountain rescue)

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