Western Cape Rock

This is the second updated edtion (2015) of the rock climber's guide 'Western Cape Rock: A guide to sport climbing in the Western Cape, South Africa.'
Lourens, Tony
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Title: Western Cape Rock
Subtitle: A guide to sport climbing in the Western Cape, South Africa
Type: Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Guide
Author: Tony Lourens
Publisher: Blue Mountain Design & Publishing
2nd updated edtion. Cape Town, South Africa 2015
ISBN 9780987040343 / ISBN 978-0-9870403-4-3
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 445 pages, throughout colour photos and images


The climbing in this guidebook 'Western Cape Rock: A guide to sport climbing in the Western Cape, South Africa' is spread over a vast area. From the wild Groot Rivier and Old Forest Crags near Plettenberg Bay, right the way across the province to the world-famous walls and boulders of Rocklands in the Cederberg. The journey between the two spans some 600 kilometres and takes about eight hours by road. Between these two areas lies a wealth of the most awesome climbing one could wish to find. In the Cape Peninsula alone, we are spoilt by having five-star cragging a mere stone's throw away from the bustling heart of the Mother City. An hour's drive from Cape Town will take you to more scenic crags like the beautiful granite domes of Paarl, the lonely and atmospheric Hellfire Crags dwarfed by the huge Du Toit's Peak massif, and the quartzitic crags perched on a ridge above the seaside village of Kleinmond.

Two hours from Cape Town is the town of Montagu. Climbing was discovered here a few decades ago and since then this little Breede River Valley town has grown to become the undisputed epicentre of sport climbing in the Western Cape, and one of the most popular destinations in the country. Montagu alone could keep most climbers busy for half a lifetime. A few hours further up the road, you will discover South Africa's only limestone crag at Oudtshoorn, a beautiful, steep, scooped amphitheatre dripping with tufas. Here you will find some of the country's hardest routes. If this isn't enough, the Cederberg Mountains are located a mere two to three hours' drive up the west coast from Cape Town.

To many, the Cederberg needs no introduction, but for the few who have never experienced the magic of this unique mountain kingdom, suffice to say that the Cederberg is one of those special places that takes a hold of your soul and never lets go. Besides some of the best trad climbing on the planet on remote red sandstone walls situated high in the range, the Cederberg is also considered to be one of the top bouldering destinations in the world. You will also find an array of world-class sport climbing crags in this area. At the time of writing there were 1 390 established sport routes and 64 bolted projects in the Western Cape with enough rock to keep our drills smoking for many generations to come. There is no question that the Western Cape is a rock climber's paradise that can be rivaled by few places on Earth, so pack your sack and head out to sample some of the best climbing to be had.

Content: Western Cape Rock. A guide to sport climbing in the Western Cape, South Africa

A historical timeline
Using this guide
Bolting sponsors
Bolts, anchors and ARF
Bolting ethics and projects
Western Cape Bolting Fund
Some interesting statistics
Safety at the crags
Conservation and crag ethics
GPS readings
New route info
Grading and grade table
Star ratings
General information

Introduction to Cape Town
Best times to visit
Climate and weather
Arriving and getting around
Shopping for supplies
Climbing and camping shops
Banking and currency
General costs
Medical care and hospitals
Emergencies and rescues
Numbers to call in an emerge
Rest-day activities
Map of the Western Cape
Section 1: Cape Peninsula
Section 2: Cape Town Surrounds
Section 3: Montagu
Section 4 and 5: Karoo and Garden Route Crags
Section 6: Cederberg

Route index

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