|Brief summary of venue||A multi-pitch trad climbing area with 20 climbs between grades 14 and 22 in Entabeni, a big 5 game reserve. The area is typically accessed from the Hanglip North camp site.|
|Permit/ permission info||Written permission from Entabeni Game Reserve is required.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||3 ½ hours to gate and ½ hour from gate to drop off.|
|Parking information||Park at Entabeni Game Reserve entrance. Climbers will be driven by Entabeni staff to the start of the climb and collected again in the afternoon. No fees charged.|
|Info on walk in||The walk from the drop-off to climbs is half to one hour for most climbs.|
|Accommodation||No camping possible at present. Accommodation in the Entabeni Game Reserve is an expensive option.|
|Availability of water for drinking||All water for the day to be brought in.|
|Climbing route guide||RD available from MCSA Jhb Administrator, otherwise contact Ulrike Kiefer for a scanned copy.|
|Climbing information||There are 20 recorded multi-pitch trad climbs at Hanglip South between grades 14 to 22 and 200 to 300 metres in length. Climbs are mostly in the sun, though some are in shade. Descend by walking off via various gullies.|
|Child friendly||Not suitable for children, as there’s no camping and hiking is a problem.|
|Other attractions||Pristine bushveld and big 5 game park. Game can be viewed during the drive to the crags.|
|Contacts||Access should be arranged 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.com ·For 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