Date: 29 – 31 July 2022
Venue: Mt Everest, Harrismith
Meet Type: Sport Climbing
Meet Leader: Geoff Comins
Located on a private game reserve just north of Harrismith, Mount Everest (previously also known as Eagle Mountain) has it all. Over 140 sport routes, 12 multi pitch bolted routes, about 20 traditional lines, and some 120 boulder problems. Most climbing areas are suitable for beginners and advanced climbers alike and the views, especially on the multi pitch lines are spectacular, providing a real “out of Africa” feeling.
The grade range of the 140 sport routes is 8-28, while the multi pitch bolted lines range from 11-28. Most of the routes are in the beginner/ intermediate range, making Mount Everest an ideal destination for less experienced climbers. In addition there are excellent traditional lines but the rock is soft, so one must make sure of gear placements. The 120 odd boulder problems vary from easy (3) to very hard (7C). Currently there is no route guide for the boulder problems. Similar to Swinburne, the rock is relatively soft and friable, with a good possibility of holds breaking off. Wearing of helmets, especially for belayers and people at the base, is highly advisable.