Climbing @ The Hell

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2019-08-18 - 2019-08-19 All day
Meet leader:  Rob Cole   tel  083 327 9966 / email:
This is a trad climbing area at the confluence of the Hellspruit and Olifants River upstream of Loskop Dam offering about 41 multi-pitch climbs, usually 4 to 5 pitches long. It is in a beautiful wild setting with an abundance of animals including fish eagle, buffalo, eland, giraffe, ostrich, crocodile, hippo and leopard. The area gets very hot, making it a perfect winter venue. Travelling time from Johannesburg is approximately two to two and a half hours, including about 20 km of dirt roads, which can be very sandy and rutted so it’s advisable to travel in a car with 4 wheel drive.
There is no water available, so you have to bring your own in.
Camping is on the cliffs above the Olifants River, which offer many shady spots. While there are long drop toilets, they are seldom used and never cleaned, so using the bush is a cleaner option – don’t forget a spade to dig a hole though.  There’s a good camp-fire area.
The length and difficulty of the walk-in depends on where you climb, if on the cliffs below the camping then a short 5 minute walk.  However, if on the spectacular North and West faces of the Hell Gorge – separated by the Hellspruit – then the walk in is a much steeper hour or more, including wading the Olifants River.
A guide for this area can be found on: