Trad Climbing Exchange between SA and UK

South Africa’ has some world-class rock climbing, just ask CapeNature and the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA).

Rock climbing, which includes traditional climbing, sport climbing and bouldering is one of the best ways to experience the Western Cape’s natural heritage, is fast becoming a popular recreational activity in the country.

So much so that the MCSA recently welcomed members of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) for a 10-day climbing tour of the country. Starting in the Cederberg Wilderness Area, the teams climbed together and shared knowledge and experiences of this rapidly growing activity.

Their itinerary included the world-famous Wolfberg Cracks in the Cederberg, Table Mountain in Cape Town and Blouberg in Limpopo Province.

The visit formed part of an exchange with the BMC which will also see 10 MCSA members visit Wales and the Peak District in the UK towards the end of April, “to solidify friendships and further their climbing skills.

Dressed in full 80s retro gear, just for the fun because that’s how they roll, we caught up with them at the foot of Table Mountain. Take a look, it may just start a whole new travel adventure for you..

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According to February, a similar exchange was hosted in 1998 and it was widely reported that there was a noticeable increase in the development of local rock climbing.

Having recently been awarded ECO Certification by Ecotourism Australia for products at the Kogelberg, Goukamma and Robberg Nature Reserves, CapeNature says it is actively leveraging the natural heritage in the Cederberg to provide meaningful experiences to local and international visitors to the area.

CapeNature’s Rocklands site, near the Kliphuis campsite in the Cederberg is widely considered one of the top bouldering areas in the world.


Julia Wakeling

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