***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

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***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby tapster » Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:18 pm

:cheers: :cheers: NEIL MARGETTS AND I ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF A NEW CLIMBING AREA IN THE WEST RAND, NEAR KRUGERSDORP :cheers: :cheers:


Welcome to King's Kloof!!

:thumright :thumleft:

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King's Kloof looking South, taken from the top of the North East sector. The camps of Rocky Valley and Achterbergh can be seen on the right and left respectively.

The Wiki has just gone live and you can see the current draft of the guide here:

http://www.climb.co.za/wiki/index.php/King%27s_Kloof

The guide will be continually updated as the area develops, and also in response to your input, e.g. consensus grades emerging. There will be topos on the wiki soon.

Come one, come all. You'll love it!!

Currently 27 routes are open, grades from 12 to 23, with two bolted projects to be opened. Routes vary from short problems to 30 metre expeditions.

The potential for development is enormous. There are four sectors, one of which promises climbs in the 30s, so we're told by people qualified to say so! (South East sector).

This is not Waterval Boven but it has many good and strong natural lines, well worth a visit. It is also safe, unspoiled and a long way from main roads. It is tranquil and has a cool river. Most of all it's in the Johannesburg area and easily accessible.

Some will find a few climbs overbolted. We have gone to great lengths to ensure safety for leaders pushing their grades. If you think there are too many bolts, don't clip them all - but at your own risk!
:wink:

On some routes advanced ropework will be necessary, to avoid rope drag. Please bear this in mind.

It costs R30 per person to visit King's Kloof and it's going to be worth every penny.

Your comments are welcomed. Please be constructive!!

Enjoy!!!


And I forgot to say that King's Kloof is open 7 days a week from dawn til dusk
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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby emile » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:11 pm

Well done!! Looking forward to my first visit.

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby fivesix » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:52 pm

Jussi! I used to live right round the corner from there. :x

Great to see such developement back home, hopefully one day I'll join you guys! :thumright

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby swissphotography » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:40 am

Well done guys, that is awesome news for us Strubens locals (I think I can climb every route there blindfolded!!) Your energy and efforts are really appreciated.

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Justin » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:04 am

Very cool 8)
Well done guys!
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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Crouching Cricket » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:16 am

Awesome stuff guys :thumright Thanks for all the time and effort that you guys have put in! Maybe I'll pay it a visit this weekend. Can midweek climbing be done there too?

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Baldrick » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:04 am

Well done, David and Niel.
This is a welcome addition to the local JHB climbing scene. We will be visiting this wekeend to try all the routes.

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby tapster » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:36 am

Yes CC, I was thinking that in the car this morning and I'll do an edit right now.

KK is open 7 days a week.

:)

Baldric, many thanks and you can have an extra turnip for your kindness!!


And to everyone else, thanks for your thanks. It's great fun and I'm loving it!

:thumright :thumleft:

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby climbing4heaven » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:26 pm

Awesome looking place - well done and bravo - Thank you Neil and David.

Hope to see you guys there some time.

Regards

Jeromy

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Ansie » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:40 pm

:thumright :thumleft: Tanks guys for your hard work and dedication. Without people like you our local climbing scene would really be non-existent. Looking forward to check out the new area.

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby gripit » Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:37 pm

Look's Good cant wait to try it out :thumleft: :thumleft:

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Crouching Cricket » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:13 pm

Hey Tapster, sent you a PM.

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Jakey » Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:47 pm

I climbed there this weekend and enjoyed it immensely.

We just struggled to figure out which roue was which as it was confusing. Can the first route be marked so that the rest of the routes can be found with a route guide?

Otherwise thanks for opening such a beautiful spot.

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby 1armbandit » Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:01 pm

Never enough pictures of climbing spots, so here is one of the Kings Kloof from this last saturday.
Great new spot.
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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby gripit » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:59 am

Does anybody know if there are any bolts on the South East Craig or is it just Trad?

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Neil » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:12 pm

Hi

There are 5 climbs now bolted on the crags upstream of the parking lot. They range from grade 16 to 21. To get there walk back over the bridge and up along the left bank just after the bridge. The path will be made clearer in due time. There is some very hard steep walls there to go for the mean men/women 8) .

Dave has also opened 3 new lines on the crag on the other side of the valley from the current spot. Both these are more morning climbing as they face north west. The current spot faces north east so it is hot in the morning. I see lots arriving early (prob used to Choss and Bronkies times) and baking in the sun. It would be a great idea to go to the new areas in the morning when they are in the shade and then to the current area in the afternoon when it is in the shade.

I see some monkey has removed some of the hangers off the easy line on the far right, cannot say why but it is not the first time climbers have removed hangers. :evil: I will make a plan to replace this weekend. Also plan to label the climbs with tags under the first bolt.

Neil Margetts

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby gripit » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:22 pm

Thank you Neil I have spent the last 3 weeks there and I am loving the new Climbs. Thank you For all your help and effort in making this possable. :) :)

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby Gregga » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:10 am

@Neil
was wondering if this crag could be added to the 8a website, i had a look around but im not to sure on how to do it myself, need to start scoring a couple points off this bad boy :mrgreen:
thanks for the crag!!!

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Re: ***NEW AREA !!!*** King's Kloof opens in the West Rand

Postby pierre.joubert » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:48 am

Greg, feel free to add it to 8a.


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