|Brief summary of venue||This is a small crag near Johannesburg with an astonishing number of climbs - over 100 short sport routes and the odd trad line. Access is easy and grades range from easy to moderate, making it ideal for beginners and for training. It’s usually quite busy on weekends.|
|Permit/ permission info||The crag is on public land, but due to security reasons there is an MCSA sponsored car guard with a panic button and security company support. Otherwise this venue is open to the general public.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||The crag is situated in Roodepoort on the West Rand about half an hour’s drive from the general Randburg, Sandton area.|
|Parking information||Parking is on an open piece of ground 5 minutes walk below the crag. It is situated on Witwatersrand Road in the Strubens Valley area. Generally the area is safe during daylight hours on weekends, but care must be exercised when after hours or nearing dark as it is an open access piece of land. There is an MCSA sponsored car guard with a panic button and security company support present on weekends and public holidays. There is a nominal fee for his presence - currently R15 (2012).|
|Info on walk in||It’s a 5 minute uphill walk to the crag.|
|Accommodation||None available. This is a day crag.|
|Availability of water for drinking||None available, so bring your own.|
|Climbing route guide||There is an internet route guide available on:www.climb.co.za/wiki/index.php?title=Strubens_Valley There is also a print version: Crags of Gauteng published in 2003, but this may not be 100% up to date.|
|Climbing information||Strubens Valley consists of an upper and lower sector which have over 60 bolted and some less inspiring trad lines between them: Routes on the lower band are generally short with plenty of bolts, making it an excellent beginners’ crag. Among the Upper band crags, those that are overhanging at the base generally host the most strenuous and highest (thought never higher than 12 metres) routes. Some of the lines on this band are traditional climbs. Being almost east facing, the crag sees some sunlight in the morning but is usually shaded in the afternoon. Note: There’s also a bouldering area close by, online guide:www.climb.co.za/topo/pdf/Strubens%20II%20Boulder.pdf|
|Child friendly||Generally this is a child friendly venue, but it is only a rock strewn hillside, so some care needs to be taken and children will have to be kept entertained.|
|Dangers||Care needs to be taken to ensure that one is not there at dusk and that you are not the last climber at the crag, as this opens up opportunities for criminals.|
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