Free State Climbing

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Carel07
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Free State Climbing

Postby Carel07 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:00 pm

Hi all - Im heading down to Golden Gate (near Clarens) this weekend, does anyone know of any sport climbing route's there?

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oubaas
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Re: Free State Climbing

Postby oubaas » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:39 pm

Closest sport climbing is Swinburne or Mt Everest near Harrismith as far as I know. Plenty of boulders in that area if you keen on some bouldering

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Re: Free State Climbing

Postby Carel07 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:48 pm

Cool thanx for the reply!! - im aware of Swin and Harrismith - but going to be stuck in Golden Gate itself for the weekend

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Re: Free State Climbing

Postby Tristan » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:36 pm

There are definitely worse places to be "stuck" in!
If memory serves there are a host of boulders randomly scattered, but give Ollie or Dietmar a shout at http://www.clarensxtreme.co.za/ they are active in the area...

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Re: Free State Climbing

Postby Ghaznavid » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:01 pm

Just be aware of the rock quality - I don't know what its like on that side, but a few km south by RNNP area the rock is brittle in places.

I did some bouldering at the Cavern earlier this year. I took a nasty fall when a sandstone hold snapped. I have a writeup with pics on ClimbZA somewhere, but I can't find a link. My full writeup is at the following link if you are interested.

http://www.vertical-endeavour.com/forum ... avern.html
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Carel07
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Re: Free State Climbing

Postby Carel07 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:53 pm

Thanx guys - I'll chat with Ollie or Dietmar. and Yes Tristan there are definitely worse places to be stuck in! Thanx for the info Ghaznavid -

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oubaas
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Re: Free State Climbing

Postby oubaas » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:27 am

Some nice boulders close to the short hiking trails in Clarens

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Re: Free State Climbing

Postby Forket » Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:27 pm

Sup

No bolting was allowed in the Golden Gate park due to the shale. It creates huge cavities that flake off massive blocks. Like Oubaas said, the bouldering in the area is great.

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