|Brief summary of venue||King’s Kloof is a sport climbing area located on unspoilt private land in Rocky Valley, near Krugersdorp. Its sunny orientation makes it an ideal winter day crag, though shady spots can be found in summer. The routes are mostly suitable for beginners / intermediate climbers, with uneven terrain making some of the belaying tricky – look out for the conveniently placed belay safety bolts. A 60 metre rope and 12 quickdraws will get you up all the routes.|
|Permit/ permission info||On arrival climbers must book in with Derek Schneider, Rocky Valley’s manager, Cell: 083 326 8618. You’ll have to sign an indemnity form and pay R30 per person for the day. The land is owned by religious organisations so please ensure that you abide by the rules specified in the route guide to ensure long-term access to this venue.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||Less than 45 minutes.|
|Parking information||Parking is by the Achterbergh gate, on either side of the road just before the bridge or over the bridge once it is completed.|
|Info on walk in||Climbing is within easy walking access from the parking area.|
|Accommodation||Accommodation is available, for bookings contact Derek Schneider at Rocky Valley, Cell: 083 326 8618, or Betsie Slippers at Achterbergh, Tel: 011 954 5533. No camping is allowed.|
|Availability of water for drinking||Bring your own water.|
|Climbing route guide||Online guide: http://www.climb.co.za/wiki/index.php/King's_Kloof|
|Climbing information||At present there are over 20 fully equipped sport routes ranging in length from 5 – 30 metres and in grade from 12 to the high 20s. Most routes are in the beginner/ intermediate range.|
|Child friendly||Some of the belay ground is very uneven so not suitable for toddlers.|
|Swimming||There is a river, use your discretion.|
|Other attractions||No fires permitted.|
|Contacts||Derek Schneider at Rocky Valley, Cell: 083 326 8618 or Betsie Slippers at Achterbergh, Tel: 011 954 5533.|
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