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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:09 am 
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If you were to do a trad climbing road trip from JHB to CT... Would you agree with the following route & how long do you think it would take?

fly into JHB
Drive to Blouberg...climb
leave JHB
Drive to Harrismith (Mt. Everest)...climb
Drive to Drakensberg (Sani Pass?) where to stay? what to do?
Drive to Coffee Bay (Chill 8) )
Drive to Hogsback...climb
Drive to Montagu...a bit of sportclimbing
Drive to CT (climb TM)
Drive to Cedarberg (Wolfberg, Tafelberg, etc.)
Fly out of CT

any advice appreciated


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:25 am 
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Oudtshoorn is on the way as well, if you want to do some more sport climbing. Definitely worth visiting if you climb 26 and above.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:50 am 
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Morgan's Bay?


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It is not mentioned, but don't forget the Magliesberg kloofs (1.5 hours from JHB). You could also consider Kransberg (A MCSA property near Thabazimbi). There is also the relatively new Blydepoort climbs.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:05 pm 
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I'd skip Harrismith for trad, go to Magalies. Also in the berg I'd go to the Sentinal. Climb Paradigm Shift and/or Angus Leppan, then walk across to Devils Tooth and climb that. . For a something different in the Eastern Cape go climb Compassberg close to Neu Bethesda. There is some trad in Montagu, \"Eagle's Folly\" is good fun.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:41 pm 
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Id give myself at least a month. Probably 6 weeks.
Depending from where you fly:
Give yourself a day to get to Blouberg. If its your first time, try and find someone thats been there. Plan on staying 4-5 days to make it worth the walk/drive(may not be the best idea to go there first up after a long flight).
Blyde 3-4 Days
Magalies(3-4 days).
Drakensberg- 3-4 Days
Hogsback 2 days.
Montagu 2 days. (if you like clipping bolts then you can stay a lot longer)
Cape Town 7 Days.
Cederberg- 7 Days.

A lot of these spots you can stay for a month on their own and you wont climb everything.

Cheers
Ian


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:55 pm 
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I'd skip Harrismith for trad, go to Magalies. Also in the berg I'd go to the Sentinal. Climb Paradigm Shift and/or Angus Leppan, then walk across to Devils Tooth and climb that. .


Iank, no disrespect but I would still go to Mt. Everest (or Eagle Mountain, or whatever it is called these days) if I'm on a road trip and time isn't an issue. It's just off the highway and there are some great routes and solid rock (unlike the Berg). Plus I believe the weather will be more stable than the Berg.

However, I also second the Sentinel option, but to do Devils Tooth & Sentinel in one trip will require some planning and at least three days in the mountains...and that's IF the weather plays it's part which, during this time of the year, is not a sure bet at all...

Toprope, I would suggest you order \"Rock Climbing at Eagle Mountain\" by Gavin Peckham (http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/index.php?title=Eagle_Mountain) which covers the Harrismith area, as well as \"Serpent Spires\" by Duncan Souchon (http://www.sunbirdpublishers.co.za/detail.php?title=82) which includes all the trad routes in the Berg.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:17 pm 
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And what would be the best places to stay in those places? Also are there any roads/areas to avoid? can a normal car travel everywhere?


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Here's a variation of a trip I did a couple of years ago, in the month of December, that will take about 3-4 weeks. There is camping / B&B's at all the places, some searching on the web will help you out. I travelled in a bakkie but it can easily be done in a normal car.
RD's are availible on the Wiki for most of these places or just enquire on the forum for assistance.

Blydepoort and Manoutsa - Good camping and great trad climbing.
Boven - Lots of good sport climbing.
Swartberg Pass - B&B's galour in Prince Albert. The climbing is good with a country feeling.
Wolfberg Cracks - Great camping and climbing. Gotta try some of the local wine.
Cape Town - Sport and trad climbing on the Mountain.
Montagu - Good camping and climbing.
Garden Route to Port Elizabeth - Lots of chill spots and climbing near PE.
Compassberg - Good country climbing with accomodation in Nieu Bethesda.
Mary - B&B's in Tarkastad, great trad and sport climbing at Mary.

I wish I could do a trip like this.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:05 am 
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this is the 3rd time i've posted this link but what the he, its a great itinary with colourful descriptions..... and this is what the pros do

http://www.climbhotrock.com/hotrockroot ... frica2.htm

would go up the coast before going to the drakensberg though: hogsback and morgan bay


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:02 pm 
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Consider adding Pinnacle Gorge (Eastern cape) to the list. Note (in response to Gareth Frost's itinerary) that there is no open access to Mary (near Trakastad). Compassberg is a good alternative. Closer to Montague, Towerkop must surely be one of the great meccas of SA trad venues.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:24 pm 
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Towerkop should not be missed. Walkin is huge. Pinnacle is fantastic.


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