Surfside Access

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GingerNinja
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Surfside Access

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Hey guys

Anyone know the current access arrangements or lack there-of for Surfside at Gordon's bay?
Went there this afternoon to check it out and a Dept of Water employee driving up the hill told us climbing isn't allowed and asked us to leave. They seemed pretty jacked up because the guy driving the next truck up the hill a few minutes later (while we were fetching draws) also knew that there were climbers on the loose and stopped to make sure we were packing up.

There wasn't much chalk around so I'm guessing the place doesn't see much action anymore.
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Search the archives for Surfside and/ or Gordons Bay

This will give you the history and history being repeated.

This is also why the ARF declined to issue bolts when asked a while back.

Be safe

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Re: Surfside Access

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Thanks
I thought seeing as the place has been re-bolted in the not-too-distant past that maybe access arrangements had been made.
Apparently not :roll:
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Jan and his crew paid for and rebolted the lines.

Not sure what was said/ actioned.

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The Person who agreed access/re-bolting unfortunately no longer works at Dept of Water. With him leaving the privilege to climb there again also departed. There was never going to be any formal/written agreement. We were lucky we could re-bolt when we did. Even then we had to do some heavy name dropping at times and adhere to precautions outlined (I think) in the latest Western Cape Rock guide book.

My advise would be to try and make friends with the new guy :thumleft:
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Re: Surfside Access

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Hi Everyone

Does anyone have updates on access to Surfside?
I'm thinking about going to check it out but don't want to ruffle feathers.

Thanks
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I'm pretty sure nothing has changed and it's still no go.

Also...
There is another issue which I don't think has been touched on yet:
The Surfside crag falls within the Steenbras Nature Reserve, which is a City of Cape Town reserve, and as such would be subject to the new by-laws that prohibit climbing (without permission) which were recently highlighted in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=22182&p=82747&hili ... own#p82747

-you can see the Steenbras reserve border on page 16 of this doc:
https://resource.capetown.gov.za/docume ... _Final.pdf

I guess there might be the possibility of some sort of permit in the future, but even in that unlikely scenario, it will not be any time soon.

-R
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