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Canuck Climber
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Coming to SA next week

Postby Canuck Climber » Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:17 pm

Hi All

My name is Chris & I'll be flying into Cape Town next week from Canada to spend two months in SA climbing. Thought I'd drop a line to get some reccomendations on what to jump on.

I plan on heading to Rocklands for a few weeks until a friend of mine comes to join. If anyone has some reccomendations on good areas for Sport & Trad climbs, by all means toss them my way. If anyone is looking for partner(s) drop me a line & we can sort out some details.

Any reccomendations on guide books for rocklands &/or other areas? How about a gear shop in Cape town? I need to pick up a crash pad when I arrive. Any insight would be awesome. Thanks to all who reply & we'll more than likely see you out there!

Grigri
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Postby Grigri » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:08 pm

Bouldering topos: Projects are in the works to publish/republish guides but for the moment check sites for dl's:
http://www.rockaddiction.co.za/
http://www.bouldering.co.za/
http://www.geocities.com/marijus3/

A great gear shop is Mountain Mail Order
http://www.mountainmailorder.co.za/

Theres heaps of wild trad around Cape Town both on Table Mountain and in the surrounding mountains. I can recommend Du Toits Kloof as a trad multipitch and also one pitch venue.
There is a guide book called 'The Ledge' covering climbing on Table Mountain above the city otherwise contact the Mountain Club of South Africa and ask to look at old journals in their library for RD's. Just get some direction first as there are thousands of routes! For the single pitch stuff in Du Toits contact me (another giudebook in the making)
http://cap.mcsa.org.za/

Sport climbing is covered in the guidebook 'Western Cape Rock', with Montagu being the main area, but also tons in Cape Town and the Cederberg. Also check Oudtshoorn 5hrs outside Cape Town for hard sport at our only limestone crag.

You guys are gonna rave! Have a great trip! :)

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Postby Canuck Climber » Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:01 pm

Sounds wild!! Thanks for the beta - VERY much appreciated. There is no doubt this trip will be a record-breaker. I'll be in Cape town a few days to get set up & then I'll be away to the races. This may be a REALLY stupid question - Mountain Mail Order - do they have an actual outlet store in Cape Town?

Cheers!

Grigri
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Postby Grigri » Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:13 pm

Yeah they sure do! Cool big store specialising in climbing. The owner Dave Davies is a very experienced climber and has been all over the world, good guy to speak to.


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