|Brief summary of venue||Bronkies is a single, long crag above the Bronkhorstspruit River. It offers more than 60 bolted sport routes in the easy to moderate range in a pleasant, family-friendly setting. In Summer the routes go into the sun after lunch time, so don’t leave home without sun block.|
|Permit/ permission info||The Bronkies crag and parking are on private property and the owners reserve the right of admission. The MCSA has negotiated access to the area for members over weekends and public holidays. Upon arrival visitors must pay the entrance fee and sign the visitors’ book, which has the MCSA logo. Entrance fees are R 40 cash for adults, R 20 cash for children between 13-18 years, and R 10 for children aged 12 and below, payable to the guard at the crag or the entrance road.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||About 80 minutes.|
|Parking information||As of late 2011, access is via a new road that branches off the tar road on the right and then proceeds directly down to a large parking area. From here the crag is accessed by crossing a bridge and walking uphill to reach the East end of the crag.|
|Info on walk in||Access to the crag from the parking area is very easy - 5 to 10 minutes.|
|Accommodation||Bronkies is a day crag. No overnight stays are permitted.|
|Availability of water for drinking||Water from the river is not drinkable, so make sure you bring enough water for a day’s outing|
|Climbing route guide||Online: http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/Bronkies|
|Climbing information||There are 65 fully bolted lines ranging in height from 10 – 30 metres and in grade from 11 to 27. Some of the harder routes tend to remain partially wet throughout Summer due to seepage. Although some potential for new routes exists, there is a strict no-bolting policy in place in the area either side of the Black Eagles’ nest. Almost the entire climbing wall goes into the sun from around lunch time in summer, so sun block and hats are strongly recommended.|
|Child friendly||Bronkies is an ideal venue for children.|
|Swimming||Swimming in the river is not recommended.|
|Camp fires||Strictly no fires allowed.|
|Other attractions||Being on the river means great birding opportunities.|
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.
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.
MCSA Search & Rescue