|Brief summary of venue||A multi-pitch trad climbing area with 39 climbs from grade 16 upwards in a pristine bushveld area with excellent hiking possible in the hills and gullies over the entire north and south range.|
|Permit/ permission info||The area is owned by the SA National Defence Force and written permission from the army is required. Apply well in advance.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||3 ½ hours to army gate and another ½ hour to the camp area. A car with good ground clearance is required; 4x4 is advisable but not essential.|
|Parking information||Car camping, so park next to tents at the campsite; parking is free of charge and safe.|
|Info on walk in||The walk from the camp to the base of the climbs takes between half an hour to an hour for most climbs. It is possible to drive some way towards climbs that are further away.|
|Accommodation||Bush camping next to cars. There are no facilities available, nor are there any camping or access fees charged.|
|Availability of water for drinking||All water to be brought in.|
|Climbing route guide||RD available from MCSA Jhb Administrator, otherwise contact Ulrike Kiefer for a scanned copy.|
|Climbing information||39 recorded multi-pitch trad climbs, ranging between grades 16 and 20 up 200 to 300 meter cliffs. Climbing is mostly in the sun, but shade is possible. Walk off via various gullies.|
|Child friendly||Camping and hiking yes, climbing no.|
|Camp fires||Allowed at the camp site.|
|Other attractions||Pristine bushveld, with some game, as well as many birds and plants.|
|Dangers||Absolutely safe as army territory is fenced in.|
|Contacts||Access should be arranged with the army via the MCSA Jhb Section; private parties will not be allowed, Tel: 011 067 0326 15h00-18h00 weekdays), Fax: 011 067 0326, Email:email@example.comFor copies of the RD, contact Ulrike Kiefer, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org|
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