|Mount Everest / Eagle Mountain, Harrismith, Free State

Brief summary of venue Located on a private game reserve just north of Harrismith, Mount Everest (previously also known as Eagle Mountain) has it all. Over 140 sport routes, 12 multi pitch bolted routes, about 20 traditional lines, and some 120 boulder problems. Most climbing areas are suitable for beginners and advanced climbers alike and the views, especially on the multi pitch lines are spectacular, providing a real “out of Africa” feeling.
 Permit/ permission info All visitors must proceed to reception to sign in. Day visitors are charged R60 per person.
Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg About 3 hours.
 Parking information Parking is available at the campsite or outside your chalet. Most climbing areas have designated parking spots for ease of walk-ins. Please make sure that you park off the road and do not block entrances to chalets.
 Info on walk in Most areas are within easy walking distance from designated parking spots.
 Accommodation Accommodation is available either in the campsite, which has full ablution facilities (including hot water), or in self catering chalets. Camping costs R70 per person per night, while the chalets, which sleep between 3 and 10 people, cost between R600 to R1000 per night (prices for 2012).
Availability of water for drinking Drinking water is available at the campsite or from the chalets.
 Climbing route guide You can pre-order “Rock Climbing at Eagle Mountain” / Gavin Peckham by contacting the author directly: Email: gpeckham@pan.uzulu.ac.za , Tel: 035 792 4543 (a/h). Alternatively, you can purchase the guide at Mount Everest’s reception.
 Climbing information The grade range of the 140 sport routes is 8-28, while the multi pitch bolted lines range from 11-28. Most of the routes are in the beginner/ intermediate range, making Mount Everest an ideal destination for less experienced climbers. In addition there are excellent traditional lines but the rock is soft, so one must make sure of gear placements. The 120 odd boulder problems vary from easy (3) to very hard (7C). Currently there is no route guide for the boulder problems. Similar to Swinburne, the rock is relatively soft and friable, with a good possibility of holds breaking off. Wearing of helmets, especially for belayers and people at the base, is highly advisable.
 Child friendly Yes.
 Swimming There is a pool area and a dam with a fufi slide. The pool area has picnic spots, braai facilities, swings and a jungle gym for children.
 Camp fires Chalets and the campsite have braaing facilities. No other fires are allowed.
 Other attractions Apart from climbing, the hiking and mountain biking (bring your own bike) at Mount Everest are excellent. In addition one may fish for bass or go bird/ game watching. All activities are in a magnificent setting with stunning views.
 Dangers Other than the rock, the only danger is from the volatile weather. Summer can be extremely hot, while winter can bring snow and very windy conditions. Come prepared for all possibilities, i.e. from down jackets to sun block and shorts.
 Contacts Amanda Weyers from Mount Everest for bookings are information: Phone: 079 886 3101/ 083 668 2472 or 083 991 7717 Email: amanda.weyers70@gmail.com Website: www.goeverest.co.za
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      We are all aware how Public Health guidelines have urged the public to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 virus, and our President's announcement of lockdown is a welcomed show of courageous leadership that South Africa needs at this time.

      The Mountain Club of SA's Search and Rescue teams support this approach categorically.

      WE URGE THE PUBLIC:
      1) If engaging in some last minute pursuits this week, please engage in ultra-low-risk activities only. Please also respect closures already in place by SAN Parks and Ezemvelo.
      2) Please respect the lockdown unconditionally.
      WHY?
      Because it is the right thing to do.
      ...and accidents do happen, no matter how expert you think you may be.
      The MCSA's search and rescue team make themselves available because we believe in the value of responsible enjoyment of the wilderness, and in supporting our outdoor colleagues and community.
      Where life and limb is at stake, our members may still come to your aid.

      HOWEVER, during this crisis:
      - Healthcare infrastructure must be reserved for only the most critical, necessary cases.
      - Your own exposure to the virus will be significantly higher while being rescued and receiving healthcare.
      - Our search and rescue volunteers are not 'essential healthcare workers'. Don't be selfish!
      If our members must respond to a call-out during the lockdown period, they invalidate their and their family's quarantine activities during this critical time and that may have an impact on their ability to return to work.
      - S&R response may in fact be limited - our approach to incident management will be to coach and support self-rescue, or to send minimum-team responses.

      We look forward to a time soon where we can all enjoy our wilderness and natural areas together, assured of the safety and well being of our loved ones at home.

      Thank you.
      MCSA Search & Rescue

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