|Brief summary of venue||A beautiful steep and narrow kloof famous for its many crack climbs. Most of the 140 or so routes in Mhlabatini are multi-pitch natural lines. While grades vary from 5 to 27 there’s a large selection of higher grade climbs - making it a favourite for climbers wanting to push grades.|
|Permit/ permission info||Land owned by the MCSA, so open to MCSA members and guests (1 guest per member) otherwise permits are required for a maximum of 10 additional people. Get permits from the MCSA Johannesburg Section. - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 061 461 8259 weekdays between 3 and 6pm.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||1.5 hours.|
|Parking information||Parking is near the farmhouse of the farm adjacent to the MCSA property – cost is R40/car/day - there is an 'honesty box' into which you drop your parking fee. Sign the register too please. Do not arrive or leave in the dark! Please be quiet and courteous.|
|Info on walk in||There are two walk-in's: A steep, hot slog up the outside of the kloof to access the routes from upstream. An adventurous boulder hop up the kloof itself which involves wading, swimming and a few tricky boulder problems.|
|Accommodation||Camping, with no facilities, is available either at the top end of the climbing area on the true right side among the boulders at the lip of the kloof or higher up in the side gullies. There’s no water available at either campsites, so you need to get water from the kloof. Please note: No camping in the kloof.|
|Availability of water for drinking||Water is usually abundant in Summer, but can disappear in Winter in the upper regions. There’s a perennial spring that flows strongly 5 metres up the first pitch of Mhlabatini Chimney.|
|Climbing route guide||The MCSA has published a route guide which is available from them; otherwise there’s an online guide at: http://www.saclimb.co.za/magaliesberg/mhlabatini.html|
|Climbing information||Mhlabatini has about 140 trad climbs on excellent steep rock. While there are easier climbs in the upper quarter (including plenty of 15s), the large number of climbs from grade 19 up make the kloof more suited to experienced climbers climbing higher grades. There are no access or descent gullies in the climbing area apart from the top and bottom ends of the kloof.|
|Child friendly||No, unless older as the walk in is tricky - being steep and slippery in places.|
|Swimming||Yes, there are pools to swim in both at the bottom and top of the kloof (below Mhlabatini Chimney).|
|Camp fires||No fires.|
|Dangers||Safety has not been an issue.|
|Contacts||MCSA Jhb Section. - Contact Tel: 061 461 8259 (15:00 – 18:00 weekdays) email: email@example.com|
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