Eastern Cape

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The Eastern Cape offers a variety of different rock with lots of potential for new route development. The climbing venues are scattered broadly over the entire Eastern Cape. There are more than 700 sport routes, hundreds of trad lines & a few bouldering areas. There are a few indoor bouldering venues. The largest is at Rhodes University. The climbing community is fairly small, but quite active & welcoming. Climbing days are mostly coordinated via various whatapp groups. For more information please contact info@easterncaperockclimbing.co.za

Map of Climbing Areas in the Eastern Cape

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Area Name Featured Image Climbing Type Description
Bouldering More than 350 boulder problems.
Nguniland image needed Trad & Sport Quartzite slabs outside Kareedow in the Langkloof. 9 sport routes & 26 trad lines. Updated guide
Buffalo River image needed Sport & Trad 30km from East London. Short routes on dolorite, set in thick bush, 10 sport & about 500 trad routes. Some potential for more routes. Contact Allen Luck 083 756-4290 for access. Updated guide
Cape St Francis image needed Bouldering Seaside bouldering. About 70 problems, mostly easy & moderate. Updated guide
Trad A series of walls & kloofs (gorges) about an hour from Port Elizabeth. Mostly trad routes.
Coffee Bay image needed Trad Seacliffs, excellent short trad routes. Contact the Coffeeshack backpacker's lodge.
Compassberg image needed Multi-pitch Trad Multi-pitch trad routes near Nieu Bethesda. Route guide is here
Crag-X Grahamstown
'The Celestial Omnibus', Crag-X, Grahamstown
Example Bouldering in Grahamstown.
Fort Fordyce image needed Trad & sport More than 70 sport routes & some trad.
Graaff-Reinet image needed Sport Sport routes near the caravan park. There is no routes bolted only single anchors but the hangers are with Neil Keyser. Take care for loose rocks. Area needs to be cleared before climbing at the anchors. Contact Neil Keyser or Willem Avenant for the hangers.
Groot Rivier image needed Trad & sport 30km from Plettenberg Bay in the direction of Port Elizabeth. 7 sport routes. an amazing pinnacle. On-line route discriptions
Grips image needed Sport & Trad At the start of Baviaanskloof. Sport and trad routes. Updated guide
Steven Reed on 'Starstruck', Hogsback, EC
Sport & Trad Sport & trad routes above Hogsback village.
Howissen's Poort image needed Sport 42 overhanging sport routes close to Grahamstown. 1 minute walk-in.Updated guide
Joubertina image needed Sport & Trad Sport & Trad climbing in the Kouga mountains. Updated guide
Keinrivier image needed ? description needed
Lady's Slipper
Eric de Beer on After Dinner Mint Boulder at Lady Slipper, Eastern Cape
Trad, Sport & Bouldering The Lady's Slipper is owned by MCSA EP Section. Quartzite, mix of overhanging & slab routes. 52 sport routes, 333 trad lines & more than 80 boulder problems. Updated guides
Morgan Bay image needed Trad Sea cliffs with a subtropical feel, about 575 mostly short trad routes with 7 sport routes on dolerite. Updated guide
NSA, East London image needed Predominantly sport climbing In East London, smooth vertical mudstone or siltstone. More than 60 sport routes ranging from 16-32. There are a few trad routes. Updated guide
Pinnacle Gorge image needed Sport & Trad More than 40 sport routes & about 450 trad lines. Access is sensitive. Please contact info@easterncaperockclimbing.co.za for more information.
The Grots image needed Bouldering Bouldering area near Grahamstown. Updated guide
Van Stadens
Hydrophilic, The Beach
Sport More than 200 sport routes about 35km out of Port Elizabeth. Updated guide
Hydrophilic, Donovan Willis showing his guns on an unnamed 29 in Waterkloof, Eastern Cape
Sport The kloof is a sport climbers dream. The area is pristine, the rock is excellent, the walk-in is short and in summer the kloof stays very cool.
Windmill Hole image needed Sport & Trad In East London. 12 sport routes on vertical mudstone/siltstone ranging from 15-25. 15 trad routes. Easy walk-in.

Eastern Cape Climbing Clubs

MCSA EP Section MCSA and the Rhodes University Mountain club.