how long have people been climbing in south africa for??

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mountain man
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how long have people been climbing in south africa for??

Postby mountain man » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:36 am

Would anyone know when climbing started in SA??

shorti
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Re: how long have people been climbing in south africa for??

Postby shorti » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:04 am

I think roughly from the time there were mountains and people.

The first written up rock climbing route was that of Gustav Nefd to the top of Towerkop in 1885. The MCSA was founded in 1891.

Something you might like is the book Barrier of Spears by Pearse (you gotta love it :cyclops: ). The book is about climbing in the Drakensberg - the barrier of spears as it is called by the Zulus. If memory serves me right there is some cool stories about George Thompson in it.

Marshall1
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Re: how long have people been climbing in south africa for??

Postby Marshall1 » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:47 pm

Lawrence G. Green wrote of, in one of his books(which one...???), wooden stakes driven by Koi-san(?) into cracks to gain acsess to bee hives. Clearly this should be considered aid & not free climbing. This would be the earliest climbing.


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