Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

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RetreatGuestFarm
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Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by RetreatGuestFarm » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:14 pm

Hi everyone,

I recently moved to the Piketberg mountains, 150km outside of Cape Town, where we run a guest farm and are in the process of adding to the current accommodation as well as building hiking and cycling trails. www.retreatguestfarm.co.za

What really struck us when we got here though, were the amazing rock formations on the farm. We thought it would be great to make these facilities available to the climbing community.

Because I am a total newbie to the sport and have no experience what so ever when it comes to judging what makes a great climb, I thought I would get in contact with you guys, the climbers, to see what you have to say.

I've taken a couple pics of some of the rocks situated around the farm to give you guys an idea of what is available, but what I'm really looking for is an experienced individual or group that I could perhaps coax out to our farm with a free weekends stay to just explore a little and help us identify some possible routes and share advice so we can really set things up properly.

If there is anyone out there that is interested or would like to see some more images, please feel free to get in contact with us.

Thanks guys!
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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by Rastaman » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:50 pm

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Nic Le Maitre
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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by Nic Le Maitre » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:42 am

I'd be very keen!

Send me an email at nicholaslemaitre (at) gmail (dot) com
Happy climbing
Nic

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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by henkg » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:56 am

me too! henk at zargo dot co.za
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RetreatGuestFarm
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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by RetreatGuestFarm » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:51 am

Hi guys,

Thank you all for the amazing response! We've had lots of interest in the project.
I'll keep the forum updated to the progress and will hopefully have some sites up and running soon for all to visit!

Thanks guys!

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Overide
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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by Overide » Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:07 am

Are you looking at setting up sport or trad routes?

Do you see any possibility of bouldering

RetreatGuestFarm
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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by RetreatGuestFarm » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:36 pm

We still aren't sure yet. Like I said, complete novices so looking to get in someone in the know to help us see what works best.

The rocks around the farm are by no means enormous though so I think there is definitely a huge potential for bouldering.

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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by caperocks » Mon May 20, 2019 10:09 pm

I know it is a long time after the fact, but there are many rock paintings in the Piketberg so please be really careful not to allow any climbing close to them or this could result in things getting shut down if the authorities find out. The rocks look awesome so I hope there is some stuff happening.

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Re: Climbing in the Piketberg Mountains

Post by Nic Le Maitre » Tue May 21, 2019 8:16 am

I tried to arrange a trip there to look a few times but between coordinating climbing partners and unbooked weekends there I eventually gave up. Don't know if anyone else tried.
Happy climbing
Nic

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