Western Cape a climbers paradise

Western Cape

The Western Cape is a climber’s paradise. There is world class bouldering, sport climbing, trad, & big wall opportunities within 5 hours drive from Cape Town. The Cape is full of mountains and provides a mecca of climbing. Cape Town being the main center is a good base to start from. There are a few clubs mainly the MCSA Cape Town Section which has over 1200 members and a bouldering wall in their club room. The University also has a good bouldering wall and there is a climbing gym in Cape Town too. Good climbing is only a few minutes drive from Cape Town and the furthermost areas about 4-5 hours away.

Most of the areas are relatively safe and guidebooks cover most of the areas and are available from the MCSA, Mountain Mail Order and the climbing stores. The best areas are Rocklands for bouldering, Montagu and Oudtshoorn for sport routes and Table Mountain, Du Toit’s Kloof (1hr from Cape Town) and Cederberg (3 hrs from Cape Town) for trad routes.

The Western Cape stretches about 400 kilometres (250 mi) northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometres (300 mi) eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast. It is roughly the size of England. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains that range in height from 1000m to 2300m.

About the Western Cape

The Western Cape stretches about 400 kilometres (250 mi) northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometres (300 mi) eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast. It is roughly the size of England. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains that range in height from 1000m to 2300m.

Weather

With winter rainfall which often sets in and hot conditions in summer, spring and autumn are the best times to visit. Western Cape is considered to have a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate with cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms. So when it’s wet on the coast, travel inland to find dry weather e.g. Montagu and Oudtshoorn.

Climbing during the hot summer is no problem as the air is dry, although you will want to move around with the shade. Spring and autumn are probably the best times to visit, but if you’re looking to visit Rocklands then the our Winter is best and ensures maximum friction.

Some useful links

The mountain club of South Africa

Rock climbing in SA – overview 1

Rock climbing wiki

Sport climbing at Oudtshoorn, Topo

Sport climbing at Montagu

Trad hit list

 

 

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