MCSA CT Section Rock Climbing February 2015 Newsletter

Rock Sub-Committee (Cape Town Section) Newsletter

February 2015

 Hi Climbing Community,

Please see the below latest news that the MCSA Rock Climbing Committee is working on and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any suggestions, information or offers to assist us with any of the below items.

Bouldering EMP and Table Mountain National Parks General Activities EMP

The Bouldering EMP has been put on hold indefinitely as TMNP is currently drafting an Activities EMP for all activities in the Park. The Draft will be available in February/March 2015. This link takes you to to register as an interested and affected party and have one’s say about the revision of the TM Management Plan.

A reminder to keep the permit letter on you at all times. The letter can be found here.


ARF and Rebolting

The Rock Climbing Committee is in the process of finalizing an updated version of the bolting procedures across the Peninsula and for the Cederberg. New ARF Meets are being organized for this year so keep an eye on the ARF Facebook Page:!/groups/ARFinfo/


Boschkloof Crag

Justin Lawson has taken over the management of the re-opening of the crag. We kindly ask that all climbers continue to respect the no-go zone at this crag.
Boschkloof is now open and permits must be obtained before going entering the area.
Permits can be bought with at:


Bolting Routes at Truitjieskraal

We have been receiving a number of applications for bolting new routes in the Cederberg. While we encourage the opening of new routes, kindly remember that this is not a free-for-all and, in order for the MCSA to uphold the agreements made in the Cederberg Management Plan with CapeNature, we will be insisting on the following additional information which will be added to the Application Forms:


  • A declaration that the routes that you have previously bolted have had their hangers camouflaged;
  • That you have checked that your proposed new route is not over an existing trad route;
  • If it is, that you have obtained permission from the First Ascensionist that you can bolt their line;
  • Images of the bolts and camouflaged hangers you will be using on your routes;
  • A declaration that you will ensure safe and correct bolting practices are applied and that you, ultimately, take responsibility for the route you are bolting.


It is important to note that if we do not uphold the agreements in the Cederberg Management Plan, we could have our right to give permits for new routes to be bolted in this area removed.

For applications, please contact Rose at the Mountain Club Office in Cape Town.


Bolting of New Routes in Cape Peninsula

Just a friendly reminder that any person wishing to open a new route in SANParks land must apply through the MCSA in order to receive a permit to do so.

It is only MCSA itself and, by extension, ARF that has an existing agreement with SANP via our Sport Climbing Management Plan that we can re-bolt existing routes. If anyone wishes to have a route re-bolted that falls on SANParks land, please contact the MCSA.


Fawlty Towers Path in need of a Fix up

Warren Gans will be heading the charge to fix up our path to Fawlty Towers. If you would like to help, please contact him on and look out for the event on Facebook.



Please all be reminded that when using one of the MCSA Huts that you are not to collect firewood from the mountains but to carry your own in. Please also endeavor to leave the property in a clean and neat state before you leave so the next person doesn’t have to clean up your mess. Payment for use of the hut is to be made within 7 days of your stay. Contact Rose at the Mountain Club Office in Cape Town for more information.

Kindly note that anyone failing to do this may have their right to use the huts revoked.


Rocklands Conservation Day

Andy Davies and his team are heading up our second Annual Rocklands Conservation Day. Keep an eye out for details.


Montagu Mayhem 2015

The Montagu Rock Rally will be held on the 18th April this year. Watch this space …


Local Organising Committees

Please see below the Local Organising Committees of the Rock Climbing Committee.



  • Andy Davies
  • Delaney Carpenter
  • Nick Telford



  • Cormac Tooze
  • Cuan Lohrentz
  • Warren Gans


Bouldering EMP

  • Nick Telford
  • Niel Mostert


Access Issues

  • Delaney Carpenter
  • Douw Steyn

Rocklands Conservation Day

  • Andy Davies
  • Nick Telford
  • Cuan Lohrentz

Montagu Mayhem

  • Delaney Carpenter
  • Kathi Wöhl
  • Cormac Tooze
  • Cuan Lohrentz

The next Rock Sub-Committee Newsletter will be coming out in April 2015.


All queries regarding the above to be sent to

If anyone has any information or requests that you feel the Rock Climbing Committee should be aware of, please email


The MCSA Cape Town Section Rock Climbing Sub Committee Members:

Delaney Carpenter (Chairperson)

Andy Davies (Vice Chairperson)

Douw Steyn

Niel Mostert

Cormac Tooze

Warren Gans

Cuan Lohrentz

Nick Telford

Kathi Wöhl



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