|Chosspile, Hartbeespoort Dam - MCSA members only

Brief summary of venue Chosspile is a sport climbing area above the Hartbeespoort Dam, within an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. It comprises of 3 climbing sectors with grades ranging between 11 and 32. For beginners / children the Harry Potter sector (about 30 routes) is most suitable, while strong climbers will enjoy Lord of the Rings with its hard lines and futuristic projects.
 Permit/ permission info Due to past safety issues, as of June 2019 the following access arrangements were re-negotiated by the MCSA with Mount Amanzi, which has legal control of the land: Only recognised climbing club members (MCSA, SANCF, or University) who have an up-to-date membership card, with a photo, are allowed to climb at the Chosspile. Each club member is allowed a single guest. Members and guests first report to Mount Amanzi’s reception (same side of the road, but across the river from the Chosspile) where they sign an indemnity and pay R30 per person. You will get the current combination code for the gate from them.
Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg About an hour
 Parking information EVERYBODY must sign in at reception, show their MCSA card with current year sticker; one guest per member only. People with additional guests on non-current cards will not be allowed in. The climbers, after going to reception,go to the gate where the guard will only allow you in if the number of people corresponds with the number of people shown on the invoice that you will get from reception. The guard will leave at 4.30 pm, but those wanting to leave later can do so via the combination lock as before.
 Info on walk in Walk ins are short but steep and range from about 15 minutes (Harry Potter) to 30 minutes (Wall of Aglarond and Lord of the Rings).
 Accommodation Due to its proximity to Johannesburg, the Chosspile is ideal for a day’s outing. However, accommodation is available at Mount Amanzi:www.mountamanzi.co.za
Availability of water for drinking None at the crags. Conditions in summer, especially during the hike-ins can get humid and extremely hot in the afternoon. Make sure that you have enough water either from home or stock up at Mount Amanzi.
 Climbing route guide http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/Chosspile
 Climbing information Routes at Chosspile are fully bolted and range in grade from 11 – 32, with a couple of projects which will be among the hardest in SA once opened. The height range of the routes is between 12 to 30 metres, so a 60 metre rope is sufficient. The Harry Potter area has the highest concentration of easier routes while Lord of the Rings is most suitable for experienced strong climbers.
 Child friendly Yes, if the child is fit and 0ver 10 years old.
 Swimming Members wishing to make use of the excellent swimming and additional facilities at Mount Amanzi can do so at a cost of R50 per day. Enquire at Mount Amanzi’s reception.
 Camp fires No fires are permitted at the crags.
 Other attractions
 Dangers There were muggings in the past, but since the new permit control system there have been no incidents.
 Contacts Mount Amanzi, Tel: 012 381 5400, Website:www.mountamanzi.co.za Neil Margetts, who’s negotiated access to Chosspile on behalf of the MCSA, Cell: 083 669 3028.

Message from our Chairman:

To all Mountain club members in Gauteng - please note that due to some attempted access to our properties during lockdown we would like to reiterate that access is suspended until relevant lockdown regulations deem it legal.  Currently, we suspect that this will only be in level 2 or 1 as both inter-provincial travels is required (Magaliesberg is largely in the North-West) and, more critically, hiking and climbing are not considered essential activities.

Your understanding is greatly appreciated.
Kind Regards
Stephen Hoffe

2 May 2020