The Section’s main activity is undoubtedly rock climbing, and everything related to that. We are fortunate in South Africa to have an abundance of rock, and the weather to enjoy that rock throughout the year. In reasonable distance to Johannesburg there are a number of crags where the MCSA goes on a regular basis.

There are what are commonly know as Trad Areas, and Sport Areas. Trad climbing refers to climbing in places where there is no fixed protection, and everything (or almost everything) has to be placed by the leader, in the form of camming devices like nuts, friends and slings. Trad climbing areas like this include the Magaliesberg and wild, big places like Blouberg. Sport climbing refers to climbing in places where fixed protection – normally bolts with hangers – are in place, and all you need is a rope and quickdraws (harness etc) to climb safely. Boven also know as “The Restaurant”, Struben’s Valley in the West of Jo’burg, Everest and Swinburne near Harrismith, and a newly developed crag; Wellington’s Dome, fit into the category of Sport.

The best way to get good at climbing (after having done an introductory meet) is to go out with members who know all the tricks of the trade, and learn from them. There are some really hard core people amongst our members who have done some awesome stuff.

Brief summary of venue
 Permit/ permission info
Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg
 Parking information
 Info on walk in
Availability of water for drinking
 Climbing route guide
 Climbing information
 Child friendly
 Camp fires
 Other attractions

Message from our Chairman:

To all Mountain club members in Gauteng - please note that due to some attempted access to our properties during lockdown we would like to reiterate that access is suspended until relevant lockdown regulations deem it legal.  Currently, we suspect that this will only be in level 2 or 1 as both inter-provincial travels is required (Magaliesberg is largely in the North-West) and, more critically, hiking and climbing are not considered essential activities.

Your understanding is greatly appreciated.
Kind Regards
Stephen Hoffe

2 May 2020