|Name of venue||Giants Castle Ice Climbing
Information courtesy of Gavin Raubenheimer
|Brief summary of venue||Giants Castle is the best and most reliable area to ice climb in Southern Africa. Ice normally forms from early June and lasts until mid August. There are a wide variety of routes suitable for all levels of climbers, including many new route possibilities.|
|Permit/ permission info||Ezemvelo/ KZN Wildlife permit, costs R50 per person per day, inclusive of parking.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||About 4 hours.|
|Parking information||Parking is at Giants Castle’s Camp, Ezemvelo/ KZN Wildlife. Parking is safe and fees are included in the permit cost.|
|Info on walk in||The walk in is 8-9 hours of hard hiking up a major pass with heavy backpacks, carrying all camping, cooking and climbing gear.|
|Accommodation||Overnight tent camping in a high wilderness area. Ensure your gear is suitable for very cold conditions.|
|Availability of water for drinking||Water is easily available from semi-frozen streams or by melting snow.|
|Climbing route guide||The MCSA KZN Section has published a book, Rock and Ice Climbs of the Drakensberg 3rd edition, which is available from them. Online guides are available from either http://kzn.mcsa.org.zaorwww.peakhigh.co.za.|
|Climbing information||There are about 14 routes of water-ice and some snow climbs. Grades range from WI 2 to WI 6+ and lengths from 40 metres to several hundred meters.
Climbs are in the shade and accessed by abseiling down from the camping area using V threads and improvised points.
|Other attractions||There are a range of things to do at or near the Giants Castle Camp area, including: