Sport climbing facilities re-opening proposal

SANCF Covoid 2020

Last week we saw some special collaboration within the South African climbing world. The South African National Climbing Federation (SANCF), in collaboration with climbing facilities and provincial federations across the country, tabled a proposal to government, requesting that climbing centres be allowed to re-open under specific restrictions that will help mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19, while allowing climbers to exercise and continue to train.

While the government will ultimately weigh in and make final decisions, we believe this was a true coming together of climbing like we have never seen it before. CityROCK Johannesburg, CityROCK Cape Town, C4 Climbing Conditioning, Bloc 11, Valley Crag Indoor Climbing Center, Rock Valley Climbing, Southern Rock Climbing Centre, Eastern Cape Climbing, the KZN Climbing federation, Mpumalanga Climbing, Western Cape Climbing, The Alphas Climbing Team, ClimbZA Rock Climbing South Africa, Gauteng Climbing, and the Climbing Barn met via online video call to discuss and approve the proposal.

We hope that this proposal will see indoor climbing facilities being opened, allowing us to climb, allowing our athletes to train and our facility co-ordinators to make a living, but also within the constraints of keeping all members safe. Our industry is, after all, about risk management, and we believe we will make some important efforts in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, while allowing members of our facilities to climb.

We are holding thumbs, albeit thumbs covered in hand sanitiser, and we ask the climbing world to continue to stand together, so we can move in the right direction amid this pandemic and in the future #bettertogether

Finally, we ask that if anyone has far reaching contacts and could be of assistance, they contact the SANCF


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5 Responses to Sport climbing facilities re-opening proposal

  1. Patrick May 21, 2020 at 12:59 am #

    I’ve been watching this article in anticipation of a barrage of critical complaint in response. Something along the lines of earlier comments aimed at individuals who have criticized the continued lockdown and it’s measures. Nothing. Not a word. I wonder why. Notwithstanding the obvious commercial interests at stake, I think that this is an appropriate initiative on the part of the gyms and climbing organizations and I hope that some sanity can begin to show itself so that we can all re-engage in the immune-boosting practice of swapping organisms and restoring our physical and mental wellbeing. Good luck.

  2. Hector May 21, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    Any chance SANCF could share their submission to government? Possibly other organisations (hint: MCSA) could use it as a basis for a similar submission to allow outdoor climbing…

  3. Greg Hart May 21, 2020 at 9:04 pm #

    Patrick – perhaps some more people are slowly coming to the realisation that the regs imposed are arbitrary and nonsensical in many respects?
    Personally I am not too phased about going to gym, although I really want the people who run them to be able to keep them open and the business running. I am managing to get quite a mean pump and core workout just with a hangboard and some gymnast rings.
    It’s the outdoors I really crave, to be honest my big talk about sneaking onto the mountain hasn’t amounted to much, I have gone up there a few times but it just wasn’t enjoyable. I’m constantly worried about bumping into a ranger and cannot chill, relax and commune with nature as I want to. The whole experience is somehow poisoned – really awful and sad.
    They must just end this little commie power trip the NCCC are on and give us our society, freedoms and lives back now, enough is enough!!!

  4. Robert Breyer May 22, 2020 at 7:26 am #

    Hector, I am the Vice Chairman of the CT MCSA Section. Rock sub-com chair. I wanted to do EXACTLY what you proposed. Since it it is a National Government law that keeps parks closed I wasn’t allowed to write it. So I submitted the letter to the CT GenCom for approval. They couldnt agree on the wording to forward to National. Apparently National MCSA chair Greg Moseley is working on something, has been for weeks. We are still waiting to see what they are going to do. The MCSA generation works slowly, the lock down could be lifted before the National people do anything. So I wrote something on my own accord. I have a reply from Barbara Creezy, Minister of Environmental Affairs. I suggest all our readers here contact their section committee and ask them WTF they are doing and why this is taking so long.
    Robert Breyer

    • Happy May 22, 2020 at 7:33 am #

      Nice one Robert, Thank you.

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