Silvermine Main and Blaze Remain Closed

Please note that the Silvermine Main and Blaze of Glory Crags remain closed.

Main and Blaze are closed because of the Rock Kestrels nesting.

Lower Silvermine and Fawlty Towers are open.  So is The Mine, so there are plenty of other Crags at which to climb.

Estimated reopening date is late January.

The birds are currently feeding their chicks.

Rock Kestrel carrying a mouse onto the nest. This indicates that there are chicks in the nest.

A few climbers are still disregarding the restrictions as these pictures show.

Two climbers caught in the act – blatantly disregarding the closure restrictions.


These two climbers also ignored the closure, but did not disturb the birds as they were quite far from the nest cliff.


As the chicks get bigger, it is important that no one climbs past the nest because the nestlings could leave the nest prematurely if frightened.

Table Mountain National Park will advise as soon as the chicks have safely fledged, so that we climbers can resume our climbing activities.

Climbers, disregarding this closure notice blatantly puts us in conflict with Park Management and jeopardizes our relationship and of course future access. So please dont go there.  Estimated reopening date is late January.

Robert Breyer

Mountain Club of South Africa

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