Table Mountain Clean Up 2015

Many of us spend a lot of time on our great Table Mountain, now is your opportunity to get involved and give something back to the mountain we love, it’s time for Table Mountain Clean-up 2015!

For those that don’t know what TM Clean-up is, for the last couple years we have been arranging volunteers to help clean up the hard to reach areas around the top cable station.  The Cable Car Company staff clean the areas on the top but plenty gets thrown or blown off and ends up in the crags surrounding the top cable station.  We arrange volunteers with technical skills to abseil or hike in and collecting garbage on the ledges around the upper cable station.  We are looking for as many volunteers as possible, we will split into two main groups, abseil teams and walkers.

Table Mountain Clean up

Table Mountain Clean up volunteers 2013


Abseil Teams:
For the abseil teams it is advised you have some experience on ropes and some knowledge of the area and some gear, you will not be allowed to go over the edge if you do not have at least a harness and helmet, if you are a bit short of some of the other gear we can team you up with someone who has more gear.

At the same time we send walkers down onto some of the more ‘exciting’ ledges that don’t need ropes to access, so we need plenty people with a head for heights and knowledge of the area.

The date is set for Saturday 21st March 2015, the basic plan is the same as previous years: we meet early at the lower cable station (07:00’ish).  The Cable Car Company will kindly give us a free lift up, we then split up into smaller teams and collect all the rubbish we can and return around lunch time, leaving us the rest of the afternoon to climb or hike if we want.  The Cable Car Company will give us a free ticket for the return journey as well.

If you are interested in helping please complete This Form:, if there is anyone you think may be interested pleas forward this message on to them.

If you have any other questions or comments you can contact me directly on my email

Chris Laidler

Past Clean Up’s


31 Responses to Table Mountain Clean Up 2015

  1. Cuan Mar 4, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Is this not the weekend of the Tradathon…?

  2. Justin Lawson Mar 5, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Yes it is !

  3. Cormac Mar 5, 2015 at 8:29 am #

    I would go but I am headed to Tradathon.

  4. Warren Gans Mar 5, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Unfortunately the Tradathon was advertised for that weekend last year already. Please consult events calendars before settling on these dates. My rule on double bookings is to always go t the first one I was offered.

  5. Grant Mar 6, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Justin should not advertise events unless the date is passed by City Rock and The MCSA.

  6. Cuan Mar 6, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    How has the date got anything to do with Justin? He didn’t organise it

  7. Grant Mar 6, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Obliviously Justin didn’t organise it.

  8. Cuan Mar 6, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Then why should he not advertise an event which someone else organised, over which he had no control on when they organised it?

  9. Kirk Mar 6, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    Just pop in to CityRock to check the events calendar before advertising. That’s all Grant is saying.

  10. Nic Le Maitre Mar 6, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    God, another responsibility for the MCSA, a global events calendar. I think Grant has just volunteered to manage a climbing events calendar.

  11. Bruce Mar 6, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Why can’t the TM clean up happen at the tradathon???

  12. Justin Lawson Mar 6, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Calendar of Events:

  13. Kenwyn Mar 7, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Funny that while volunteers scrub chalk stains and boot marks from our mountain, “Trathletes” will be out making new ones on the Wolfburg.

    • Cuan Mar 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      So what if there are new chalk marks? Close your eyes if it bugs you. The only reason most of us are missing it is because we’d already committed weeks/months ago to it. Long before anyone knew about the TM cleanup…WHICH might I add is to clean the krap left mostly by hikers…

  14. Hendrik Mar 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Nah Kenwyn….you got it all wrong, what is funny is that you b!tch about climbers that plan to go trad climbing at an event that was planned months ago. A lot of the guys heading out to WOLFBERG would have gladly helped out had the cleanup not been on the same weekend. That said there will still be a lot of volunteers(climbers as well) out there cleaning the mess made by tourists that maybe only ever visit the mountain once.

    Climbers and hikers complain about poor event advertising/scheduling/access or whatever the case might be, how about getting of your arse and get involved with the organising and maybe it will live up to your expectations.

    …end of rant…

    • henkg Mar 7, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

      Where is Wolfburg? Maybe get around a bit before you criticise. Chalk marks are not the objective of the cleanup.

  15. Nic Le Maitre Mar 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Gavin? Gavin? Odd, he seems to have gone. Funny thing that; people are always so ready to suggest what the MCSA should do for them, but so reticent when we suggest that perhaps they should chip in themselves…

    In other news, the organizers have seen the light and the cleanup has been moved to the 21st. If you want to attend please fill out the form here:

    • Kirk Mar 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

      Jeez…Kevin was just saying that CityROCK already has a global event calander. No need to make a new calandar. MCSA is quite a small gym so we should probably stick to the CityROCK calander.

      • Kirk Mar 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

        Sorry I mean Gavin

        • Grant Mar 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

          This is why the MCSA is not making money

          • Cuan Mar 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

            ? Some explanation of your sarcasm would be useful…

          • GClamp Mar 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

            Grant are you a troll? Its a pity you have the same name as me 🙁

    • Nic Le Maitre Mar 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      Correction I meant Grant not Gavin.

      It pisses me off when people are so fast to suggest that the MCSA (or any other body) should be managing calendars or whatever. They never step up themselves and help out. The MCSA is a bunch of volunteers trying to make a difference and giving up their time to benefit others. If it matters to you then do something about it yourself! Come on Gavin take Justin up on his offer, give something back.

      • Nic Le Maitre Mar 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

        Again, Grant not Gavin – Mondays…

  16. Justin Lawson Mar 8, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Hi All,

    Thanks for you comments. As above the date has changed!
    Big Up to Chris for organising this event that keeps our Table Mountain Climbing Ground clean 😀


  17. Kirk Mar 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Whether your a “worker-bee” or your a “thinker” its important to be nice to each other when we share ideas in this chatroom.

  18. Derek Marshall Mar 10, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    I did the whole tourist cable car up TM thing last Thursday for the first time. Previously I had only climbed up. While arbing on the top with hundreds of others, I noticed the litter over the railing & thought again of this project. Please help me understand, genuinely…

    The cable car company makes millions from running the cable car. The freaking expensive shops/restaurant on top, must make +-millions. The city or CN makes something from the rent to both cable company & shops. So three parties are benefiting from the activity which is creating 99% of the litter. The CEOs of these entities are sitting back in plush mansions not giving a toss about what gets tossed off the mountain. Somehow climbers see this as an opportunity to “give back”….this means provide free high-risk-labour to cover (take responsibility) for the parties responsible, parties unlikely to give climbers more that “the middle finger” day-to-day.

    Taking responsibility for these parties does fix the problem short term, but negates any long term solution.

    That said, big-up to all of you volunteers who are prepared to make a difference.

  19. Justin Lawson Mar 12, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    A comment from our FB page:

    Many years ago myself and David collected a rucksack full of rubbish off Africa ledge,we later asked to see the upper cable car manager and then promptly deposited the rubbish on his office desk and told him it belongs to him. We then had to run and hide for our lives with cable car personel hunting for us. They are ultimately responsible for it as they take it up there to sell in there shops. Our method of attention might have been a bit extreme but it did help to organize a clean up later which the cable car company played a big role in.

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