After seeing some photos of the old state of Waterworld (Badkloof, Montagu), and reminiscing about the beach vibe it had, I think it's time for the climbing community to work together to restore the beloved crag.
Some options to consider:
- Displacing the muk with sandbags (200+ bags)
- Trenches to divert the water (if not gabions)
- Killing the reeds (before they kill you)
- Wooden deck
- Leaving it as is and the inability to climb many routes
Phase 1: 200 sandbags to displace the water and muk. At least some place to stand and belay so that Swamp Thing doesn't get you...
Phase 2: Gabions and killing the reeds (chopping/dehydration/whatever means)
I'm pretty sure we can crowdfund this and outsource it so that we, as the climbing community, don't spend forever and a day to fix it. Perhaps one of the Montagu locals can supervise the project? Or we get a contractor?
For those that have no idea what I am talking about, check out how it looked on Phlip's video of Firestarter and compare it to recent photos.
If we do nothing, the routes that have been established add no value to the climbing community. Please leave a comment below if you are willing to contribute financially and your ideas on how to overcome this problem together.