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Africa 2010 Climbing Expedition: Stage 9

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 30 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 27 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing  
Season: November - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 850 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 850 Pound Sterling (GBP)

After a week or more rock climbing in Cape Town we’ll be ready to hit the road again. This section is a 4-week loop of the Western Cape taking in 4 of the most spectacular destinations in the world – Cape Town itself, plus the rock climbing of Rocklands, Wolfberg and Montagu. We’ll first head north to the Cedarberg National Park, and to the world-renowned Rocklands sports climbing and bouldering area. As Nigel Shepard described somewhat poetically in 'On the Edge' about his visit:

"Rocklands is an ancient landscape beyond the realms of imagination, carved and sculpted by the elements over countless millennia, this wondrous place is a paradise of boulders, towers and crags. There is hectare upon hectare upon hectare of the most wondrous sandstone, solid and alluringly reddened. Wandering about its labyrinth ways each corner turned, each passageway explored yields yet more rock, perfectly arranged to climb. In its solitude and silences it is enough simply to be there and gaze in wonder at the legacy of the earth's creator".

After Todd Skinner's visit for a month bouldering to Rocklands he commented that this one area alone would be enough to swallow up 400 Hueco Tank! We will meet up with some local climbers for a braai (BBQ) and a boulder as we explore the boulder fields until folks can't climb any more. And then ... we will go and climb some more! 100 km south lies the Wolfberg and Tafelberg ranges, which boast some of the best mid-grade multi-pitch routes in Africa. Based at the beautiful Kromriver campsite / vineyard next to the river we will have plenty of time in the area. Paul Williams described this area:

"Imagine a valley about 30 km long, cover its floor with thousands of weirdly eroded pinnacles and boulders (a sort of a mega Brimham), put a few 200-300 m cliffs of impeccable rock on the hilltops, sire a vineyard selling cheap wine within a mile of the campsite, arrange for the sun to shine every day and enjoy Braais every night - that sums up the Cederbergs."

Some of the classic rock climbing routes such as 'Energy Crisis' (E2 5.10d - featured on 'The Face' TV series), 'Celestial Journey' (E3) 'Knobless Robot' (HVS) or 'Lost in Space' (E3) can all be reached easily from the campsite. As can the single pitch crack and face climbs like 'Human Highway' (E1) or the 8 pitch 'Tafelberg Frontal' (HS, 5.5) not to mention the vineyard for those wanting a more sedate day!

From the Cedarberg region, we drive east (past more sky-diving opportunities at Citrusdal) to Montagu, probably the most developed of all South African climbing areas. It lies on the Garden Route, which winds its way through the scenic villages and vineyards or South Africa's wine growing regions.

We will base ourselves in Montagu village, nestled at the base of the valley carved out by the Hex River. In keeping with the rest of the garden route, the village is home to a very good vineyard, and is also home to 'De Bos', a true climbers campsite complete with horse-riding school, some pet ostriches, a bouldering wall and a pool.

If you can drag yourself away from the pool, or out of the nearby hot springs, a world of climbing awaits on the hard metamorphic sandstone. The climbing is mainly intricate face climbing like that found at Smiths Rocks in the USA; technical, balancy climbing on square cut and sloping holds. The valley is probably most famous for its hundreds of single-pitch bolted routes that range from f3(!) to f8s, but there are also multi-pitch routes to go at, and trad routes such as 'November Afternoon' or 'Stealing'.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices include food, accommodation, transport and most national park fees throughout Africa. You need to add visas, insurance, flights and beer! I can provide further info on all this on request.

Note: There are considerable discounts for people wanting to do more than one stage; contact me.

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Take a Big Red specially converted rock climbing expedition vehicle with a 13-foot bouldering wall on the back. Add 20-25 climbers from all over the world and head off overland around the globe, developing new climbing areas and stopping at the best of the established ones. That's M19705. Other than existing...

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